Being neighborly today seems to be on a decline. This is especially true among the younger generation. If you’re not one of those people that take the tie to give a nod and smile or even just a passing comment to your neighbors to have a great day ahead, it’s about time that change. Here are some of the things you can do to be more neighborly moving forward.
Make your neighbor a home-cooked meal.
Making a delicious meal yourself and then giving your neighbors some is one of the nicest and kindest things you can do. You’ll be surprised how many of your neighbors could actually use something like that too. A senior neighbor who may have mobility issues so cooking can be a bit difficult, a mother who just had a baby, even a family who may be going through some rough patches— these are just some of the people who will definitely appreciate such a warm gesture.
Offer small gifts.
Even the smallest tokens of appreciation can do so much if you intend to forge some genuine and lasting connection with the people that you live close with. Gifts can come in various forms and even the simplest, most mundane ones can end up brightening up your neighbors’ day. It doesn’t even have a literal gift. Volunteering to get your neighbor’s mail while they’re away or even volunteering to help when they’re doing some minor repairs can go a long way.
Organize a fundraiser.
There’s no telling when financial hardships can strike. But if you have a neighbor who may be struggling with the purse strings— they could be struggling with a medical bill that unexpectedly came or any situation that may have left them a little short on funds could benefit with some boost from a few other helping hands via a fundraiser. Just see to it though that before you organize the whole thing, you first coordinate with your neighbors to be totally sure that they are alright with the idea.
If you already have kids, you can help take some of the load off of other working parents by offering to watch their kids every once in a while. Playdates are beneficial for the kids as this will give them the time to get to know other kids in the area, socialize, and be friendly with them. This benefits the parents too as you will end up alternating— definitely a win-all situation.
Offer an ear.
In a world where everybody is struggling with their busy lives, it is somehow very hard for a lot of people to connect with others personally. Pay your neighbors a visit every once in a while. Lend an ear, have conversations. Ask if there is anything you can do for them. Elderly neighbors might benefit from you running some errands for them. Single parents who are struggling with the yard work can probably do with a bit of help from your end.
Even the smallest things can mean so much. When being a good neighbor usually often means spending a little bit of time connecting with the people living close to where you are, it’s about time you work on being more neighborly moving forward.