I try to be genuine and honest. When a co-worker says good morning, I do not say “good morning” back if I am not having a good one. I will say something like, “It’s not so good this morning” or “I wish it were.” My supervisor told me to reply “good morning” because I am making people feel uncomfortable. Can she really dictate my conversation to me?
— Annoyed and Honest
Dear A & H:
You are not merely annoying. You are also an Annoyance Carrier. When someone says “Good morning” to you, they are not taking a survey or declaring the day to be grand. It is a courteous greeting and perhaps even a wish that your morning turns out to be good. Stop being a gloomy black cloud in everyone else’s work day and just say good morning back or something equally vague (such as “Hello” or “Same to you”).
— Evil Skippy
P.S. Good morning.
Once in a while — repeat, ONCE IN A WHILE — it is all right to tell folks that you are not having such a good day. Since your supervisor counseled you, however, it looks as though you are overdoing it. I agree with ES on this one. Readers — how about you? Is honesty the best policy, or does social courtesy rule this happy day?