These words should be stricken from the human greeting repertoire. No one really answers truthfully. The person asking does not really want to know the answer. Nor do they stop to ask the question. They usually speak the question while actively walking right by you.
No one wants you tell the truth that they had a crappy day because their son is in a mental hospital and has not talked to you in 7 days. That you make 8-10 phone calls a day to secure his placement in residential care where he will be away from you for 3-6 months. You can’t say, I really miss being a mom and had to make horrible choices to send my son away today. Choices that will save his life but will exclude him from his family again. Choices that will severely limit my parental rights and empower strangers to raise my child.
So let’s just stop people. Honestly I hating having to lie 10-20 times a day.