If you’re like many people, you may have met your neighbors when you first moved in, but haven’t had much contact with them since. It’s never too late to build the foundation for a friendship with the people who live around you. In fact, the summer time provides a great opportunity to connect with them.
3 Benefits of Knowing Your Neighbors
- Safety. Neighborhoods where people know one another tend to be safer than those where people are strangers. Friendly neighbors might feel more comfortable notifying authorities if they see suspicious activity.
- Sharing. Tight-knit neighbors are more likely to share resources, whether it’s a hammer or extra goodies from the garden.
- Helping your elderly neighbors with yard work, taking in groceries or tasks around the house.
- Taking dinner to a neighbor who is under the weather or who just had a baby.
- Social Support. People with strong social ties are not only happier, they also tend to live longer!
- Organizing a block party or potluck dinner to get to know your neighbors.
- Smiling and waving at your neighbors when they pass by your house.
3 Ways to Be a Better Neighbor
- Be Friendly. A little small talk goes a long way. Say “Hello” to your neighbors, and try to get to know them. Make your neighborhood a better place with a smile and a kind word!
- Be Considerate. If you share walls with your neighbors, be aware of the noise that your appliances, gadgets and animals make, especially if your neighbor has a different work schedule from you. And be sure to keep it down after 9 or 10 pm.
- Keep Your Place Tidy. Whether you live in an apartment, a subdivision or in a rural area, it’s important to keep your property in good shape. Sweep your doorway, pick up litter and mow your lawn.
Courtesy of Buffini & Company