‘How are you?’

It’s a common question, often answered with a casual “Good” that can seem perfunctory, even unthinking.

“Good” may not be grammatically correct—“how” usually calls for an adverb, as in “Doing well.” But “Good” has begun to feel like a great response to me. While a simple greeting isn’t an existential inquiry, it does ask for a comment about our actual status or condition. That’s when it makes sense to reference primal facts about ourselves and anyone we’re greeting. 

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