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A Possible Response When Asked “How Is Your Day?”

We all get asked, “How is your day?” or ” How is your day going?” or some variation of that question.

It seems like throwaway type of question. Maybe in many cases it is meaningless. Still, it reflects basic courtesy and a realization that other people exist in the world. These are things we can’t take for granted in our society.

At some point I started to reply to this question with the response “Everyday is a good day.”

At first it was really just a line. But I got such a positive response from people I began to think about it more.

If I thought it was completely trite I’d stop using the reply. However, the sense I get is that people think about what I’ve said for a moment and it helps put whatever may be bothering them in perspective.

An underlying issue is death. People will often say something like—“That’s right. any day you wake up is a good day.” 

Black folks will often say: “I know that’s right” with an emphasis on the word know. Whites are a bit less emphatic,  but I’m still certain they are glad they woke up for the day.  

“Every day is a good day” is a small way to reply to a common courtesy that adds to people’s day and, also, makes you appear to have some insight even if you really have no special wisdom.  

And if you repeat it enough you might begin to believe it yourself.

October 31, 2007 - Posted by | Things I've Done | , ,


  1. It is normal for those of us that live in an urban environment to receive an occasional request for spare change. Occasionally we are able to help and receive a “god bless you” in return. In these moments I like to reply, “your blessing will suffice.” We both seem to enjoy the interaction which, when extended, adds value to the spare change.

    Comment by Ryan | November 1, 2007

  2. Very good comment. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 1, 2007

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