Ask yourself, ”Am I a good neighbor”?
Good neighbors are important. Living in a neighborhood where you feel safe and connected can impact your level of happiness and even reduce stress. You may not be able to change your neighborhood, but you can certainly change the experience you have in your neighborhood by getting out and getting involved.
Here are a few qualities of a good neighbor:
Good neighbors are respectful
Always be conscientious about noises that may disturb your neighbors, such as music, loud talking, barking dogs. End parties at a reasonable hour, while you are at it, invite your neighbors. Always return anything you borrow in the same condition, in a timely manner, and express your gratitude when you do so. Make time to smile and say hello. Never forget, while neighbors may live close, they are also respectful of each other’s privacy.
Good neighbors are proud
Be considerate of those around you. Take pride in maintaining your home so that it is neat and attractive. Mow your lawn regularly and keep your landscape trimmed and neat. Coming home to a beautiful house and neighborhood is rewarding.
Good neighbors are helpful
Offer to collect mail, water plants, or watch pets while a neighbor is away on a trip. When snow falls, help elderly neighbors by shoveling their driveway or sidewalks. Prepare a meal when a neighbor is under the weather or run errands while their car is in the repair shop. You never know when you will need one of them to return the favor for you.
Good neighbors are supportive
Organizing neighborhood parties, yard sales, or other functions is a good way to get to know each other better and a great way to build a stronger community. Neighbors who know each other personally are more likely to look out for and help each other. Neighborhood Watch groups are another way to help and support your neighbors. They deter crime and violence, making your neighborhood a safer, happier place to live.
Good neighbors are social
Get to know your neighbors. Welcome new neighbors with a note or a friendly chat. Invite neighbors over for coffee to visit and share good news. Learn from your neighbors who have different cultural backgrounds than you. Everyone gets busy; it only takes a little bit of time to organize an annual holiday party and socialize with all your neighbors.
Getting to know the people around you takes only mere moments out of your day, but can provide a lifetime of pride in your home and the neighborhood. It is nice knowing you can depend on those around you and they can depend on you.
“When strangers start acting like neighbors…communities are reinvigorated.” – Ralph Nader