What To Say When Someone Ask You “How are you feeling today?”
“How are you feeling today?” is a common question used to ask about other people’s feelings. But is it completely the same as questions like “How are you?” and “How do you feel today?”
Not entirely similar to general questions like “how are you?” or even “how do you feel today?”, when someone ask you “how are you feeling today”, it seems like he or she is expecting a particular answer from you. So what should you say when someone asks you this question? Of course, it is sure to involve in your feelings, both physically and emotionally and in this article, we will introduce you some great ways to answer to this question. But first, let’s quickly check out the meaning and usage of this phrase to see how it is different from the 2 questions above.
“How are you feeling today?” vs “How do you feel today?” vs “How are you today?”
As mentioned above, these 3 questions are not completely similar, in both meaning and usage, even though, they are sometimes used interchangeably.
“How are you?” is commonly used as a form of greeting, so you saythis question to greet people you meet. As a greeting, the askers, especially the ones that don’t know you well,seems not to expect a particular answer when asking this question, therefore you also don’t need to tell them exactly what you are feeling in detailed. Even if you would feel sad or frustrated, you could just say: “I’m fine”. Let’s take a look at a simple example below here to see how this phrase is used:
Jane: Hey, Peter! How are you?
Peter: I’m fine. Thank you. And you?
About “How do you feel today?” and “How are you feeling today?”, they are often used interchangeably in the daily life since these 2 questions are supposed to have the same meaning. But in fact, they are still a little bit different from the other.
Grammatically, these 2 phrases use different tenses – present simple and present continuous. So, as in the present simple tense, the question “how do you feel today”, itself, is supposed to be a bit more general than “How are you feeling today”. On the other hand, the question “How are you feeling today?” is in the present continuous tense, and seems like the asker wants to know about your recent physical and emotional states when asking you this question. Normally, people often say “How are you feeling today?” when they know you have been sick or not feeling well or you have been having problems, and they concern about how you really feel now, like you feel better than yesterday or not, for example. Let’s see an example below here:
James: Hey, Peter! How are you feeling today?
Peter: Thanks James. I feel much better after going to see the doctor.
That’s about the different between these 3 questions. Let’s move on to see how you should answer when someone asks you “How are you feeling today?” in the next part of this article.
Answers to question “How are you feeling today?”
As mentioned above, the askers want to know your recent physical and emotional feelings as using this question, so you can tell them an honest answer such as "I’m very fine, thank you" or "Terrible, I'm sick". Right below here, we are going to introduce you some other suggestions to answer the question “How are you feeling today?”
When you feel good, you can say:
- I feel good/great today, thanks for asking.
- I’m feeling much better than I did yesterday.
- I’m doing well.
- Couldn't be better.
When you feel not good, you can say:
- I'm busy, and I’m feeling swamped.
- I’m still very tired now.
- I'm tired and just want to go to bed.
“How are you feeling today?” is a good and polite question you should use to ask about the feelings of people around. And if someone asks you this question, you can tell them honestly what you are really feeling. In the end, we really hope that this post is useful to you. If that’s so, then please continueto look forward to our next articles.