Often in my life, I feel like I have to act happy for the benefit of the person talking to me. This happens with acquaintance and coworkers, but also with close family members. So, whenever someone asks me "how are you?" I tend to always answer "I'm fine, thank you".
Now, I have this very dear friend (let's call her Diana) with whom I talk every day online. We get along very well and share personal details. We both have some days where we aren't doing so well and we both have to deal with anxiety/depression.
What are some guidelines I can follow to avoid to ever make her feel like she has to "fake happiness" for me? And, if I know someone who is faking happiness with me (not necessarily this friend), how can I make this person feel like they don't have to do so?