Daily Archives: October 16, 2012

Do away with “OK”

When someone asks how you are doing, how often do you just say “OK”?  Start giving some honest answers and you will start feeling so much better about yourself. Just saying “ok” really tells nothing about how you are feeling. It is telling people that you don’t care, and there will be no return response because nobody is going to care why you are just doing “ok”.

It is so easy to turn this around. If things are going great or better, you are short changing yourself from easy positive connections. If you are feeling great tell people you are feeling great. Chances are they are going to ask why. When they ask why, TELL THEM! Tell everyone that you are doing great. You will most definitely get an overwhelming positive response.  Who knows you may make someone’s day, or make someone’s day better! Always, always, always tell people, strangers even, how you are doing, especially if you have something positive to say. A little positive attitude goes a long way.  Same goes on the other side of the table. When you ask someone how they are doing and they say great, ask them why, let them tell you and take it in. Those are free positive vibes and they are so easy to receive.  You are doing no harm what so ever by being honest with yourself and others. The more you talk about something good in your life the better and better you will feel.

A negative response on someone’s day is not something to be ignored. Nor should you ignore the opportunity to vent to others. If someone is asking you how your day was, and you are having a bad day, this is your opportunity to vent. If you are talking to a good friend or family and you say you are having a bad day, I am sure they are more than willing to listen as to why. May not be a good idea for a stranger but at the very least you owe it to yourself to truthfully acknowledge that you are not doing well. The more you express your bad feeling the faster you will be able to get past them.

So basically if you cut back on just saying “ok” when someone asks how you are doing, your are benefiting your positive personality in the long run. You will feel a lot better about an honest answer instead of the generic “ok”. When someone responds with an “ok” to you, perhaps try to engage them further. Ask them: Just ok? Why ok? get them to give you a better answer. We are not here to merely help ourselves but we are here to help others and in turn gain so much positivism in return.

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