You can live in the finest neighborhood available, but if your relationships with neighbors are strained then it will never be an enjoyable experience for either party. To be a good neighbor you don’t necessarily have to be best friends, or spend a ton of time together, it’s just about being considerate of others.
Being friendly can mean just meeting your neighbors and giving that courteous “Hello!” in the morning. Be willing to make small talk with your neighbors and keep them informed about things going on at your home, if you’re hosting a get together this weekend invite them or at least let them know what is going on. This is especially true with the holiday season fast approaching. If you’re going out of town, wouldn’t you like to know that your neighbors are watching your property? Conversely, be willing to do the same for your neighbors if they’re going away for a few days.
It’s important to be considerate of your neighbor’s perspective, look at things from where they’re standing. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our busy lives, and we forget about people. Take time to thank your neighbor when they do something that you like. On the flip side, be willing to talk to your neighbor if they do something that you don’t like. This doesn’t mean be confrontational, but be willing to communicate about discrepancies.
Being a good neighbor is an attitude that we can all adopt every day. When we cultivate these relationships and allow for healthy growth, we all enjoy life more.
What kind of relationships have you had with your neighbors? Good, bad, ugly? Leave a comment below if you have had great neighbors, or if you’ve had a hard time with some (and how you plan on reconciling that relationship).