When was the last time you asked someone how they are doing and their response was something like one of these: “I’m well thanks, and you?” (the generic response); “Times are tough, but other than that ...” (the negative response); “The sky” (the sarcastic response); “I’m tall and goofy looking” (the funny response) or “I’m fine, they only removed the one kidney, but I still have the other” (the unique response).
All kidding aside, we ask this question out of habit, but do we really care about the answer?
When I ask someone how they’re doing, I genuinely want to know, details and all. If it’s just in passing that’s one thing, but if it’s a friend or acquaintance you want to know more. Most of the time you’ll get a generic answer because that’s what we think the other person is hoping to hear. I mean, who cares if my grandparent is in the hospital, or I waited for hours and the cable guy didn’t show up, or I feel like I am catching a cold? Even if it is something positive — maybe I got a promotion at work, I went on a fantastic date, or my child said his first word.
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.