Have you ever borrowed a cup of sugar from a neighbor? Being friendly with your neighbors can be rewarding and help you feel more connected to your community. In addition to having a helping hand at times, you can also help keep a watchful eye on neighbors. This can be a benefit for older neighbors who may be living alone or need assistance from time to time.
But first, you have to meet the people who live near you!
Here are some ways you can make the first move and introduce yourself.
- Spend time on your front porch. You can see who walks the dog, when people get their mail, and who spends time outside. Wave at people when they pass and strike up a conversation if the time is right.
- Doing yardwork or gardening in the front yard gives you a chance to be more visible and strike up a conversation with neighbors that are doing the same.
- Go for walks often. Don’t wait for people to come to you! Hit the pavement and remember to smile, wave, and say hi to other neighbors you pass.
- Organize a neighborhood party. This could be one of the best ways to bring neighbors of all ages together. A potluck is an easy way to host a gathering that allows people to get to know each other.
- Be welcoming. When someone new moves in, walk over and introduce yourself, bring them a welcome gift, or offer to give them a hand.
- Connect others. Introduce your neighbors to each other to help strengthen community relationships. They may do the same in return, helping you to expand your circle as well.