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100 WAYS TO ANSWER THE

QUESTION “HOW ARE YOU?”

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       “How  are  you?”  It’s  a   blunt  response..   white  lie.and  that’s   pause.  It’s  not  always  the   completely  authentic.  We  may  not  feel   them  to  Mit  your   the  question  can  give  us   safe  enough  to  be   situation.   mark.com 2013.  We  just  want  to   easiest  to  answer!          So  we  came  up  with  100   help  you  get  started. Thanks for being part of the ChronicBabe community. Thanks! .  let  us  know.   These  are  meant  to  be   more  ideas. but contact us if you want reprints.. the answer’s not easy. PERFECT.   We  may  yearn  for  support   conversation  prompts:  A        XO. Feel free to share with friends. 100 WAYS TO ANSWER THE QUESTION “HOW ARE YOU?” by ChronicBabe Thanks! Thanks for being awesome. can  get  away  with  a  little   You  may  wish  to  adapt          But  for  us  ChronicBabes.  We  may          You  may  want  to  pick  out   simple  question.  just  three   wish  we  could  tell  the   a  few  of  your  favorites  and   little  words  and  a  question   whole  truth  but  hope  we   practice  saying  them  aloud. Thanks for always offering your fave tips for us to share.          Good  luck!  If  you  have   about  what’s  going  wrong.        We  may  not  want  to  talk   starters  for  conversation.  Editrix  Jenni  &   but  aren’t  sure  how   thing  to  consider  when   Communications  Manager   someone  will  respond  to  a   forming  your  answer. XO! You probably get asked this every day: How are you? Sometimes.   Michelle  Pizzo 2 © ChronicBabe.

I  am. My  usual  Devil-­‐may-­‐care  self. How  am  I  what?   going  to. Not  so  hot. 12. avoid  ambiguous  questions   11. 3.  you  win  some  you  lose   9. at  the  moment. Upright  and  still  breathing. This is useful for use when responding to emails. which keeps the conversation light and positive—and 2. to  be  here  with  you. I’m  endeavoring  to   question:)  How  are  you? persevere. 3 © ChronicBabe. (Just  answer  with  the  same   13. Thanks! . 16. 100 WAYS TO ANSWER “HOW ARE YOU?” by ChronicBabe But we can respond gracefully. I’m  Mine.  but   17. I’m  AWAP  (As  Well  As   takes pressure off of you. texts.com 2013. Wondering  how  you  are. Eh. I  could  complain. 15. but contact us if you want reprints. 4. Sometimes we can’t be 100% honest. Do  you  want  the  short   not  as  good  as  I  will  be   version  or  the  long  one? tomorrow! 18. One more tip: Find the responses that work best for you & keep a list to refer to in times of stress. (Sometimes  you  need  to  say   That’s why we’ve included some this  even  when  you  don’t   responses that turn the question around feel  Cine) to the asker. Better  than  yesterday. drink  and  some  girl  talk   7. 1. Feel free to share with friends.  but  I’m  not   14. Strange. Thanks  for  caring  babe!  Glad   couldn’t  Mix. some.  but  nothing  a  stiff   6. 5.  How  are  you?   It takes a lot of patience to answer “how are you” when you feel like crap. vmails and more. Possible).  and  getting  stranger. How  do  you  think  I  am? 8. I’m  trying  really  hard  to   10.

22. And the more you can answer in a way that involves them—turns the question around so you’re asking them how they are feeling—the easier it is to move on to more fun topics. day.com 2013.  fft. The more honest you can be with people. To  tell  you  the  truth. I’ve  been  better. Let’s  just  say  less  than  super. Shhhhh. I’m  taking  it  easy. Trying  to  stay  positive. Not  my  best  day. but contact us if you want reprints. One of my faves: Always have a few favorite responses to the how are you question.   31. Taking  deep  breaths. I’ll  let  you  know  when  I  Migure  it  out.  mmhm. the better you’ll feel.  either. for  me  so  I’m  hopeful. Feel free to share with friends. I’ll  leave  that  up  to  your  imagination.” .  ya   26. but  my  doc’s  working  on  a  solution   32.   know? 4 © ChronicBabe. Who  wants  to  know? 20. 27. Thanks! .  and  other   25. 23.ChronicBabe Founder & Editrix Jenni Prokopy Love yourself enough to be authentic. 33. 28.  It’s  a  secret.100 WAYS TO ANSWER “HOW ARE YOU?” by ChronicBabe “I’ve been living with chronic illness for more than 15 years. Staying  grounded. random  noises)  pssh. (bunch  of  grunts. Love others enough to answer with kindness. 30.  gurgles. Ready  for  tomorrow.   29. My life isn’t perfect—far from it.  but  not  my  worst   21. But I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve. Wouldn’t  you  like  to  know! 24.  my  ______  hurts. 19. the more authentic.

 thanks! my  eyes. 65. Ready  for  my  meds. 70. 72. 100 WAYS TO ANSWER “HOW ARE YOU?” by ChronicBabe Permission to get real. In  need  of  some  “me  time. kind  of  mood. I  put  pants  on. 71.want  to  plan  a  mini-­‐vacation? 77. Same  old. Getting  stronger. I  could  really  go  for  a  walk.  same  old. Appreciating  the  things  I  have.  yes? 51.com 2013. 38. 47.  right?  :) all.  you  know? there’d  be  days  like  this. said.  I  get   39.  doused  in  lemon   44.  a  clam  that’s   43. I  feel  like  crap!  Know  any  good  dirty   40.  my  mama   35. Trying  not  to  burst  into  tears.” helps  to  know  you  care.  :D 69.  right? feel. Not  giving  up. Not  in  the  mood  to  discuss  how  I   an  A  for  effort. 36. Just  hug  me  and  leave  it  at  that. Feel free to share with friends.  want  to   66.  I  think  I  woke  up   37. You  can’t  know  pleasure  without   55. Get  back  to  me  on  that. 34. Give  me  a  chocolate  bar  and  I’ll  be   59. but contact us if you want reprints. been  cracked  open. 74. 57. Somewhere  between  drab  and  fab. Hold  on. 73. Improving. Remembering  to  stay  patient.. my  step.  but  thanks  for  asking—it  really   62. Mama  said  there’d  be  days  like  this. underneath  it. Taking  all  the  love  and  support  I  can   42. Under  construction.) 61. 50. tourist  in  a  tacky  Hawaiian  shirt. Learning. 53. 54. Ready  for  a  nap. I  could  really  go  for  a  back  massage! and  shot  down  the  gullet  of  some   45. Thinking  about  getting  away  from  it   pain. Getting  there. Things  are  bound  to  get  better.  take-­‐no-­‐prisoners   56. Instead  of  waking  up  on  the  wrong   fantastic! side  of  the  bed. Somewhere  between  blah  and  meh. Trying  to  Mit  the  good  in  with  the   58. jokes  to  cheer  me  up? 41.  but  I  get  up   of  this. what  . 63. On  a  scale  of  one  to  punching   some  tea  and  talk  about  it. 52. As  happy  as  a  clam.  let  me  get  the  sleep  out  of   get. 46. Thanks! .  didn’t  I? 64. (If  you  have  the  time)  Let’s  make   68. join  me? 67. Rolling  with  the  punches. Or permission to fib. Looking  to  put  some  pep  back  in   75. 76. someone  in  the  face? 48. I  get  knocked  down. I’m  trying  to  be  a  “big  girl”  about  all   78. Does  it  matter?  I’m  a  babe  no  matter   60. Oooooohhhmmmm.. Give yourself permission. I  don’t  know. Trying  to  come  out  on  top. In  need  of  some  peace  and  quiet. In  a  give-­‐no-­‐shits.   bad. 49. In  desperate  need  of  a  mani/pedi. again! 5 © ChronicBabe.

friend.100 WAYS TO ANSWER “HOW ARE YOU?” by ChronicBabe 79.  We  can’t  live  a  lie.  but   some  shared   Mlips.   doing  the  best  I  can. Gotta  keep  on   friend can help us gain new keepin’  on.  Not  only  will  you  help   Mind.   experience  that   87. Body.  yea? the  other  person) beach  far  away. 89.  which   the  pressure  is  too  much  for  most   you  really  need!          So  consider  authenticity. You  can’t  win  ‘em  all. but contact us if you want reprints. Take their 80. Imagining  myself  on  a   day. Ready  for  you  to   make  a  goofy  face/ make  me  laugh/ make  me  smile. too ingrained in our thought processes and a 81.   relaxing  scream?   90.  when  it’s  the   feel  a  deeper  connection.  but  you’ll          Sometimes. 84. off  of  you  and  onto   jumping  jacks  or  back   91.    sdhjMhj   92.   grateful  for  this   me  in  a  nice  long.  is  we  need  to  be  the   most  honest. Gearing  up  for  a   What’s a great way to comeback.  That   hardest. Crazy. Feel free to share with friends. Thanks! . 82. If  I  was  an  animal   right  now. I  feel  like  crap.  right? beautiful  day.  but  I’m  here.com 2013. Soul.   ea’khg  sdjhm. I’ve  seen  better  days.  I’ll  keep   practice your responses to you  posted  on  my   “how are you?” Talk with a progress. there  a  way  to  talk  to  people          Being  authentic  in  your   about  your  experience  and  be   One of Editrix Jenni’s favorite ways to responses  when  someone  asks   how  you  are  can  establish  a  real   REAL  with  them?  Give  it  a  try.  I’m  not  doing   than  Elmo  right  now. your  friend/neighbor/colleague   understand  you  better. Tomorrow’s  another   you’re  having  with   88. I’m  feeling  more  like   (This  is  a  great  way   AAARRRGGHHHH Oscar  the  Grouch   to  take  the  focus   86. I  mean. 83. Benefits of authenticity: and  trust. I’m  feeling  really   85. Like her nail polish fetish. Run through some scenarios. perspective.g’ep. Do  you  want  to  join   kljdghpe’sh. Rooting  for  the   advice—sometimes we get underdog  (me).   steer a conversation is to talk about hobbies.  I’d   probably  be  a  sloth   (or  a  turtle). sense  of  intimacy.  Is   of  us  when  we  try.   connection  adds  support.  understanding   We  believe  in  you! 6 © ChronicBabe.

 Wanna  help   The details aren’t important.) question.  I’m  giving  her  all  she’s  got. I  don’t  feel  that  great. :) Follow her on Instagram for more. but contact us if you want reprints. distract  me  by  telling  me   Retool any (or all) of these about  your  day? conversation prompts to fit YOUR unique situation. Better  now  that  you’re   Everyone has a favorite way to respond to the “how are you?” here  . I’ll  be  better  when  ______  gets   Mixed. 98.com 2013. Today  I’m  more  CHRONIC   today! Care to distract me with than  BABE. Keepin’  busy. be flexible. Feel free to share with friends. 97. And you?” Other times. 100 WAYS TO ANSWER “HOW ARE YOU?” by ChronicBabe Use them as a basis for more ideas. she’s all. that’s where. 7 © ChronicBabe. some reality TV?” 96.  which  is  a  good   distraction  from  my  other   And remember two things: tough  stuff. 93.  but  for  now  I’m  doin’   Oh! And don’t forget that everyone here at ChronicBabe HQ loves you! OK.   Captain! Wondering where all these photos come from? Jenni’s phone. just saying. “Life is the suck 95. Not  so  hot. I’m  glad  to  see  you!  What’s   new? 100.  right? “Fine. and cut yourself some slack.  but  my   likes to keep it simple. Editrix Jenni sometimes 94.  Thanks! XO! 99. thanks. Thanks! . These 100 prompts are just the start. hair  looks  awesome.

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