Moving into a new neighborhood is always a stressful experience. You don’t really know anyone, and they don’t know you. Neighborliness has declined since the 1950s, so while it’s not unusual to know what the couple down the block fights about, this person’s dog barks a lot, or that someone’s teenager was in a fender bender, you may not even know their names. In fact, 28 percent of Americans don’t even know their neighbors’ names – none of them. While busy lifestyles and social media certainly bear some of the blame, a lot of people are no longer sure how to be neighbors. All hope is not lost, because 45 percent would help a neighbor to look for a job, 44 percent would cook meals for neighbor, and 32 percent would help to babysit.
5 Tips for Getting to Know Your Neighbors
- The best way to get to know your neighbors is just a smile and say hello, then introduce yourself and say that you have just moved into the neighborhood.
- Take a walk with your kids, with the dog, or just by yourself. It’s good exercise and you can get to know the faces around your neighborhood, and introduce yourself.
- Mow the lawn. Doing yardwork is a great way to be seen around the neighborhood, and if you are having an ice tea on the front porch, that’s a signal that you are approachable.
- Go to your neighborhood meetings. Whether it’s a homeowners association, a watch group, or some other activity, you’ll be able to meet a lot of your neighbors and get to know them.
- Have a yard sale. You’re probably wondering why you packed that, and that, and those, and where did that come from? Get […]