I don't exactly hate it, but it really puzzles me when I'm in the US and at every shop the staff asks "How are you today?" I am never sure what I am expected to say. I'm aware that it's just a phrase but would it be acceptable for me to speak the truth (not that well, I have a horrible headache, but thanks for asking) or am I expected to follow the hollowed American tradition of white lies and say "thanks, I'm fine" even when I'm on the verge of dying?
Just say "fine, thanks, how are you" and be done with it? I don't get why you have to label it negative with "lie".
And then, you might try to speak the truth by saying "no I have a headache" and may realize that the other side actually cares.
Btw, do you also have an issue with TV and radio news anchors greeting you with "Good morning/day/evening"? They can't see you, they don't even know you, why are they wasting their time?