I have the following exercise in my textbook:
So, Matt, how are things with you? You (look) very well.
The context is “. . . conversation between two ex-colleagues who have not seen each other for some time.” It is asked to use the appropriate tense of look, one of the present simple and present continuous or both.
Both tenses are valid, according to the textbook. Why is the present continuous valid?
Here, I think “look” is a stative verb. It is used to describe what the other person is. He “looks good.” Why would one want to use the present continuous here? To suggest what? The speaker doesn’t seem to suggest the state of “looking good” is temporary or for a period of time around the present.