150+ Funny and Witty Answers to the Question "How Are You?"

Updated on July 4, 2018
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What to Say Instead of "Fine"

Hello, how are you?

It would be easy to answer that question with a simple “I’m fine, thank you.” Humans are very complex creatures, but we're also creatures of habit who say one thing when we mean another.

"Fine" is a boring conversation-killer. In reality, “How are you?” could be more than just a simple question—it could be an excellent way to start an interesting conversation!

If you’re the kind of person who’s fed up with the old, so-so, half-hearted replies, then this list is for you! Just pick any of these responses to breathe fresh air into your mundane conversations. Who knows, you might just be able to lead a conversation to a new place you never imagined.

"How Are You?" Answers

  1. Somewhere between better and best.
  2. All the better now that you asked.
  3. Oh stop it, you. (Say it like you’re receiving a compliment even though you are not. LOL)
  4. I love you. (This is a good response to fluster and catch them off-guard.)
  5. Much better now that you are with me.
  6. At minding my own business? Better than most people.
  7. I am as happy as a tick on a big, fat dog.
  8. Do you really care?
  9. Armed and ready!
  10. My lawyer says I don’t have to answer that question.
  11. What do you want? (Hahaha. This might across as rude, so use with caution.)
  12. I’ve been going through some crests and troughs in my life. Is everything stable at your end?
  13. Like you, but better.
  14. I could really go for a massage.
  15. I'd say I'm a [insert number here] out of 10.
  16. I was fine until you asked.
  17. If I were doing any better, I'd hire you to enjoy it with me.
  18. I hear good things, but you should never listen to rumors.
  19. Like a pitbull in a butcher shop [or any other outrageous simile].
  20. As fine as a maiden’s flaxen hair.

Funny Ways to Respond to "How Are You?"

  1. Overworked and underpaid.
  2. Nothing much. (This one is so trite that it takes a few moments for the humor to sink in.)
  3. I don't know, you tell me. How am I right now?
  4. Can't complain. Nobody listens to me anyway.
  5. Good enough. (This one will definitely keep them guessing.)
  6. If I were any better, I'd be you.
  7. Quite how, thank you. (This makes no sense, but it's funny.)
  8. Not so well, does that bother you?
  9. Nice and dandy like cotton candy. (Dandy rhymes with cotton candy!)
  10. I can't complain! It's against the Company Policy.
  11. Average. Not terrific, not terrible, just average.
  12. If I were any better, I'd be illegal.
  13. So far, so good!
  14. How dare you! (If you don’t have an immediate reply in mind, just say this automatically. LOL)
  15. Better now that I'm talking to you.
  16. Well, I haven't had my morning coffee yet and no one has gotten hurt, so I'd say "pretty good" at this point in time.
  17. Well, unless the weather has different plans in store.
  18. Maybe one day you'll be lucky enough to find out.

What to Say Instead of "Fine" or "Good"

  1. I have no way of knowing.
  2. Yes. (Woah there, it looks like you weren’t paying attention.)
  3. Living a dream. Please don't wake me up.
  4. At least there’s plenty of room for improvement!
  5. I'm pretty standard right now.
  6. Doing well, unless you have intentions of shooting me.
  7. Happy and content, thank you.
  8. Compared to who?
  9. Do I have to answer?
  10. Well enough to chat with you if you wish to.
  11. Going great. Hope this status quo persists for rest of the day.
  12. Physically? Mentally? Spiritually? Socioeconomically? Financially? I'm not sure how to answer that!?!
  13. Strange, and getting stranger.
  14. Not so good, but I plan on lying at my press conference.
  15. If I had a tail, I would wag it.
  16. I've heard various opinions: What's yours?
  17. How am I. . . what?
  18. Thank you for asking, though you can judge for yourself.
  19. Why do you ask? Are you a doctor?
  20. Word on the street is that I'm really good.

Witty Responses for "How Are You?" Texts

  1. I'm better than I was, but not nearly as good as I'm going to be.
  2. I think I'm doing OK. How do you think I'm doing?
  3. I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.
  4. I am blessed!
  5. Way better than I deserve!
  6. Shhh. . . it's too early to tell.
  7. I dunno. Is it Friday yet?
  8. I don’t feel that great, but my hair looks awesome, right?
  9. I have a pulse, so I must be okay.
  10. Doing well, unless you have an airborne disease and infect me with some pathogens.
  11. I'm doing really well. [Then pause and say] "Of course, that could be my anti-depressant prescription talking."
  12. Oh, you know, every day is better than the next.
  13. Better than some, not as good as others.
  14. My psychiatrist told me not to discuss it with strangers.
  15. Medium well. (What are you, a steak?)
  16. All right so far, but there's still time for everything to go horribly wrong. (Ah, the forever pessimist.)

Surprising Answers to the Same Old Boring Question

  1. I’m trying really hard to avoid ambiguous questions at the moment.
  2. Wondering how you are.
  3. How do you think I am?
  4. I’ll leave that up to your imagination.
  5. It's a secret.
  6. Do you want the short or long version?
  7. I would be lying if I said I’m fine.
  8. I’m pretty sure I am not obligated to tell you.
  9. I’m ready for a nap. (I’m sure you are.)
  10. Surviving, I guess.
  11. Not as good as you.
  12. Holy sh*t, you can see me?! (This never fails in bringing on the chuckles.)
  13. In need of some peace and quiet.
  14. Under renovation.
  15. Remembering to stay patient.
  16. I'm sober! (Congratulations!)
  17. On a scale from one to punching someone in the face?
  18. Dancing to the rhythm of life.
  19. Imagining myself having a fabulous vacation.
  20. Horrible, now that I've met you.
  21. You do not want to know.
  22. [*just stare*]
  23. That is a really wonderful question. Ummm...
  24. Happy and you know it. [*clap your hands*]
  25. Next question, please.

Clever and Unique Responses

  1. In order to answer the question, I need to take you back about ten years. Do you have a moment?
  2. Living a life of denial and suppressed rage.
  3. Slowly but surely dying.
  4. Fair to partly cloudy.
  5. "Hey look over there!" [*punch person in the throat*] (Remember kids, do not try this at home.)
  6. Groovy!
  7. Well, I've got this rash on my left butt cheek... (Way to make the conversation a bit awkward!)
  8. Not bad. Could be better. Could be payday.
  9. I'm better on the inside than I look on the outside
  10. Great, stellar, fantastic, but dead inside.
  11. Okay, since my name wasn't in today's obituaries.
  12. Oh terrible, but I'm used to it. (I feel you, friend.)
  13. What's with all the questions? You a cop?
  14. As opposed to what?
  15. Sunshine all day long!
  16. You go first so we can compare.
  17. I'm not sure yet.
  18. Living the dream, but half the time it's a nightmare.
  19. Not quite there yet. (Where is there?)
  20. Dangerously close to fabulous.
  21. You're lookin' at it.
  22. Real terrible, thanks for asking.
  23. I am high-quality.
  24. The doctor said I'd live.

Better Answers for "What Are You Doing?"

  1. I'm sure you have that information on your screen.
  2. How much will you pay me if I tell you?
  3. Living the dream!
  4. WHY!? WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT ME? (Hahaha! Way to act suspicious of everything!)
  5. I'm taking over the world.
  6. Dying.
  7. Hunting dragons. You?
  8. I promised myself I would kill the next person who asked me that question, but I like you so I will let you live.
  9. Rolling with the punches.
  10. [*speaks gibberish*]
  11. Your attempt at social interaction is hereby acknowledged.
  12. Not today, Satan!


Flirty Responses to "How Are You?"

  1. Incredibly good looking.
  2. Everything is fine with you around.
  3. I'd be better if you asked me out.
  4. Great, but I’m totally biased.
  5. How am I?! in bed? (Wait, what?!)
  6. Getting better with every passing minute.
  7. What an impertinent question to ask a girl [or guy]!
  8. Living a dream. Don't wake me up. You may join me. There's plenty of room.
  9. The best I can be. Assuming you're at your best too.
  10. I'm so great I have to sit on my hands to keep myself from clapping.

Read 100 Flirty Responses to "How Are You?" or "What's Up?" for more ideas.

How to Answer "How Are You?" When You're Not Okay

  1. I'm still sucking air.
  2. I’m completely prepared for the end of the world.
  3. They told me you would ask me that.
  4. Better than nothing.
  5. Well, I'm still alive.
  6. Could be better [then pause and say] could be worse.
  7. Somewhere between blah and meh.
  8. I’ll let you know when I figure it all out.
  9. Do you want an honest answer or the answer you were expecting?
  10. I'm vertical and breathing.
  11. Different day, same existence.
  12. Trying to get on with life, thanks. What about you?
  13. Trying not to burst into tears. I get an “A” for effort, right?
  14. Navigating the twists and turns of life. I hope yours is a straight road.
  15. Just hug me and leave it at that.

Having fun? If you know more funky replies to the "How are you?" question, feel free to add them in the comments.

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        9 days ago

        Good Question

        Very good question

        Ok, next question.

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        3 weeks ago

        "Never better", leaves them wondering were you serious or just sarcastic.

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        4 weeks ago

        14 eggs short of a dozen

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        4 weeks ago

        "Awful. But thanks for asking :)"

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        6 weeks ago

        I am GROOT!!!

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        2 months ago

        I frequently respond “how are YOU? :)” ...because whoever asked you first has to answer & then completely disregards the fact that they asked you a question LOL. Good go-to when you don’t feel like talking much.

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        2 months ago

        Alive and kicking

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        Chaos brigade 

        2 months ago

        Currently in existence.

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        A person 

        3 months ago

        I need to show my friends this! Lol!

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        4 months ago

        Reasonably Neato!

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        4 months ago

        Nice question

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        4 months ago

        How about this "if I was any better I would have to be twins and the world not ready for that." or "Fantastic, but I'll get over it"

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        5 months ago

        This post just made my day, thank you!

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        Kelly Quick Timmreck 

        6 months ago

        Losing my mind trying to find my soul.

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        7 months ago

        I’m ready to fling myself into the sun. (And then just stare at them)

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        7 months ago

        Am i retiring today?

        I'm busy figuring it out. And i'm (pause) , yup not good. (Smiles big)

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        9 months ago

        Instead of asking someone the trite "How are you" say "Hope you are doing well". That is not a question, but the person asked can respond if they want. Also it is an expression of positive good will towards the person you are speaking to.

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        9 months ago

        It was incredibly amazing!

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        10 months ago

        thank you for your cool answer but you know i want some answer that i can tell to my teacher you know what i mean a little more polite but fun

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        13 months ago

        Light and fun. I enjoyed it. I may just try a few of these:)


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