What does it mean when you first see someone you know and say, “How are you?” Is it a greeting, like “hello”? Or are you actually interested in that person’s health? That depends on a number of factors:

How well do you know this person?
Are you just passing each other by, and you’re acknowledging them?
Does the individual look ill or have a history of being ill?
Do you know that there has been something troubling this person?
Do you give the impression that you really want to know how this person is?
We have come to use this expression so often in all of the above situations that it may be difficult for others to know what our intentions are in asking the question.  Click here to read more