Have you ever pondered the delicacy of that question?
In essence, the questioner is asking the one they question, to bare his or her heart to them. To reveal what's really going on inside. That's pretty delicate.
It seems cliche, but really this question is packed with human emotion and care, directed towards the other person.
We all long for honest, open relationships, where we can trust and rely on the advice of another human being. This is how we should view this question, and not be afraid to truthfully, honestly, gently share how we are - really.
So, next time someone asks "how are you?" be honest. And, listen when your friend opens up to you in return to your thoughtful, "how are you?"
You'll be glad you did.
Proverbs 17:17A friend loves at all times...