There were some strange noises coming from across the room at work the other day.
NP: What's going on over there?
VFD: Do you really want to know?
NP: That's a good point.
VFD: Generally speaking, consider what could be the worst-case answer. If you don't want to know it was that, then don't ask.
This is why, when we greet each other, you ask me how I'm doing and I don't subsequently ask you. I care. I love you too, really I do. But I don't want to hear about how your dog is dying of cancer and you have an infected hangnail, really I don't.
P.S., my standard answer of "okay, tired and allergic" is 99% of the time the whole truth. Say "Nice to see you" instead of a non-question, ok? ok!