People ask “What’s going on?” to start a conversation, greet someone, or catch up with someone they haven’t seen in a while. It can get awkward if you don’t know how to respond to “What’s going on?”, or if you simply don’t answer.
It’s not that you don’t know what’s going on. The problem is summarizing it into a clear, concise sentence. It can also be an issue if you don’t feel like sharing details about your life with that person. In either case, the response you choose should match your relationship with the person and how you’re feeling.
Let’s explore how to respond to “What’s going on?” when someone you know is trying to check in with you:
How to respond to “What’s going on?” : 7 polite responses when you just don’t feel like talking about it
It’s okay if you don’t feel like divulging the status of your life at the moment, especially if it’s to someone you’re not very close to like a coworker, classmate or an acquaintance you haven’t seen in a long time. You aren’t obligated to.
You can choose not to answer, or say it’s none of their business, but that would be rude. Here’s how to respond to “What’s going on?” when you don’t feel like talking about it, but you still want to be polite:
How to respond to “What’s going on?” : 7 responses when you want to keep things light and positive
Everyone strives for happiness and contentment in their lives. A life free of drama, stress and negativity is always welcomed.
If things are going well in your life, and you have nothing to complain about, your response should reflect that. It should say that you are content, and you are in a good mood.
Use this as a guide on how to respond to “What’s going on?” when you want to keep things light and positive.
6 responses to “What’s going on” when you want to go into more detail and tell them about your problems
Bad things happen, and in life, there are problems. Everyone has tough days, and it’s nice to have someone to vent to about what’s going on.
It doesn’t make sense to bottle things up sometimes. At the same time, you really have to be careful because you can’t share your problem with everyone, for fear of being judged or gossiped about.
If this is someone you can trust with your business, go ahead and share. Here are some ideas of how to respond to “What’s going on?” or “What happened?”.
When someone asks “What happened?” or “What’s going on?”, they’re usually interested in our well-being and want to be there for us. The way you respond depends on how you are feeling and the relationship you have with the person.
Ask yourself, “Am I willing to share all this with xyz? Can I trust him/her?”. If you believe so, you can go into details, seek advice, and get support.