What people really mean when they say they are “FINE”
If when you ask someone:
How are you?
and they respond with "great!", or "fantastic!" or perhaps even "pretty good" - they probably are "great", "fantastic!" "or "pretty good", but...
If, and when, they respond with:
...then it might be beneficial to get clear what fine really stands for. F.I.N.E. stands for:
Glad we has this talk.