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Isn't there a better, more creative way to greet someone?

I work at a hospital and see people in passing all day and on elevators. And it really bothers me the generic way everyone greets each other.
"Hey how are you?" "Good how are you?" "Good"
It's so repetitive and boring. And usually no one really even cares how you are. Nor do they ever say. Im horrible! How are you?
Has anyone thought of a creative way to greet someone to stand out or even get a conversation going? I'd love to hear some ideas or stories. There has got to be something better than this!

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I change up my answer to something they are not expecting. So in response to "How are you doing?" try:

- Better now, thanks for asking.
- I don't know. I didn't receive the memo indicating how I should feel today.
- Upright
- Present and accounted for.
- Not in the obituaries.
- Fine... [in a panicked voice] Have you heard something different?

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"Hey...how's your day going?", "I'm happy to see you". "You just made my day. Thanks!"

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surely there is, but its your challenge to find it :) Gby

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"Hi, pretty day outside. I wish we could enjoy it" "Hi, nice scrubs!" Or just compliment someone when you can. It will make their day.

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I doubt the elevator is really a place that other people want to start a conversation. If anything, it would be easier during a lunch break etc.

But possibly just tack a "today" onto the end of a 'how are you?'
You could say "How was your week last week?"
or "Hope you have a pleasant day today"

Something along those lines.

Try to picture how you would react if someone asked you certain questions- and whether or not you would be willing to share information about your life to a complete stranger. Just try not to come on too strong.

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TheMightyMouseGirl

Yes.
1, "WHATS UP HOW YOU DOING?
2 You could say nothing.
3"WTF< I hate MORNINGS!

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many of my co-workers just say whats up, or depending on age, sup. i usually respond with sky, ceiling, the cost of living, gas prices, sometimes i might get a little naughty if i am friends with the person. i try to come up with different and unique responses to that question.

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How's life in your forest?
Sup?
What's the deli-yo?
What's good in the hood?
Tell me you're havin a better day than me.....
Problem is this.....LOTS of people DON'T wanna "talk with strangers" because we're all so friggin caught up in our own crap....and as you pointed out, it seems to most of us that no one else really cares anyways so why even bother trying to get into any deeper of a conversation with someone.....BUT, it's a two way street, so feel free to say anything you want back to them, there's no telling what's hiding just under the surface.....

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I'm a dentist and everyday the first thing I get out of my mouth is "Hey there! brushed your teeth today what's bothering you?" you have no idea how hard it is outside of work it is to greet someone with out feeling the need to ask about their teeth lol but usually I start with "Hey fancy seeing you here how's ya mama and them?" works like a charm for conversations.

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yes if your trying to flirt with a girl go up and ask may i introduce my self then if they say yes say your name then ask theirs then when the tell you say "that's a sexy name but not as sexy as you" its worked ever time for me.

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That sucks.
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That's awful.
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Ask: "How is life treating you?" Then ask: "How are you treating life?"

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