To have good neighbors, it is important that you become one first, and to win over your neighbors in a good but simple way. That’s why, we have brought you a series of simple tips, for you to gain the approval of all your neighbors and thus promote a friendly atmosphere in your community.
Help those in need
It is normal to hear any neighbor say something like “let me know if you need anything” and most likely never receive their help when it may be really needed.
In order not to be this neighbor who offers help that they’re not really willing to give, you can take the initiative to help your neighbors if you ever feel that they might need it. These situations can occur at any time and you, as a resident, can offer help to your neighbors in a variety of ways.
For example, if your neighbors have children and you feel comfortable babysitting, you can go ahead and propose to them the idea of babysitting at a time when they may need some extra help with their children. Or if you see them struggling with a common chore such as mowing the lawn, moving furniture, or any other type of problem, you can offer to help out and be a good neighbor to those around you.
Share phone numbers
The 21st century is an era based on virtual connections, and as such, it doesn’t hurt to have your neighbors’ phone number in your contacts list . After all, this can come in handy in any type of situation that arises that has to do with your home, such as your house flooding while you are on vacation or you left the stove on and forgot to turn it off just before you left home.
In the United States, there is a tradition of giving away any kind of pastries to neighbors who have just moved in, since it is a friendly way to make any newcomer to a neighborhood feel welcome.
And this is a strategy you can opt for to establish friendly relationships within the neighborhood. Whether you are new to the city or haven’t been there in a while, this detail is one of the best ways to break the ice and interact with your neighbors, so they know you are interested in getting to know them.
It is inevitable that you will meet someone who seems to know half of the gossip of a considerable portion of the neighborhood, and this shouldn’t surprise you; rest assured that this person will also want to know about your private life.
And to deal with these types of conversations the next time you casually run into your gossipy neighbor, try to redirect the conversation to a more positive topic by asking questions that have nothing to do with it, such as asking what he or she does for a living or something similar.
Gossiping can become a tasteless dynamic within neighborhood communities, so if you want to be a good neighbor and keep relationships friendly, you may want to avoid these kinds of topics in neighborhood conversations.