We know this is true, but we also tend not to want to pry even though we know we should.
“Sometimes when we’re the ones getting the positive reply, we know it’s a fib. The symptoms of depression, loneliness, anxiety, severe stress, etc. have become obvious.
If that’s the case, it’s important to ask again. But how do we enhance our chances of getting to the truth without being a pain?
Here are some questions and statements that’ll lend a hand.”
I like the suggestions. I’ve used some of them, including “Are you sure” and sharing my struggles. It depends on the situation and the relationship I have with the person. A good friend, my spouse, someone I feel comfortable with already? I’m making sure they are OK when I suspect they might not be. Someone I work with or don’t have that kind of relationship with, and maybe I share a bit about my struggles or offer to listen if they need someone to talk to.
Any of the suggestions can work or not work. The important thing is that maybe that extra question lets someone know they are not alone, which can make all the difference.