I just want to be serious right off the bat.
Number one; no one knows what goes on behind the scences in someone's life. When you see someone, you are only seeing what they want to show you. You have no idea what is going on in their life, what storm they are facing.
"Hey, are you okay?" When we ask that question (which is rare in the first place) we all hope that the other person says "Yeah, I'm fine." Whether we realize it or not, whenever we ask "hey are you okay", we don't realize that we actually EXPECT the person to say "yeah, I'm fine."
The world is looking for people that actually care. They have people who don't care, won't care, never have cared. They have people who have never told them "I love you" they have all that. What they are really looking for are people who CARE. Who REALLY care.
What if you asked that question and the person said "No. Actually. I'm not fine." What do you say then? "Oh.. I hope your life gets better soon!" or "Oh, I'm sorry." or maybe, for once.. Respond with "Do you want to talk about it?" And don't look at your watch to see if you can "make time for them." and don't *sigh* and say "well.. What's wrong with YOU."
People are looking for people who they can be themselves around. Be themselves, and have people that can listen and relate to what they are going through. If we are supposing to be helping people, then we should be doing more listening than we do talking. Ears are the gateway to the heart. Think of all the people we could reach with Jesus, if we actually took time to hear people out.