These days, it is becoming more and more normal to grow disconnected from your neighbor. In fact, a lot of citizens are completely unaware of their neighbor’s name even. Not only does that ruin all sense of community in your local area, but it can also lead to a greater sense of isolation.
As well as that, getting to know your neighbor can have some serious benefits too that can enhance your day to day life. Here are some of the best reasons why you should take the time to really get to know your neighbor.
Makes Things Safer
By building a good connection with your neighbors you’ll make them. and yourself, more inclined to watch out for each other and your property. Living in a close knit community can increase the overall safety of the area, as there will be more people keeping an eye out, which can thwart criminal activity in it’s tracks.
It’s also a good bonus to be able to trust your neighbors to keep your property safe if you’re out of town.
Can Combat Loneliness
If you find yourself feeling rather isolated in your community, one of the best things to do is to strike up a friendship with your neighbor. This can spark a connection where you interact regularly and may lead to you hosting each other at your respective homes. This is a particularly good thing for the elderly to try, as they are one of the loneliest demographics in the country. To combat this, there has been a lot of investment in Premier Senior Communities, which are more independent versions of retirement homes, where the residents are in close proximity of each other, increasing the likelihood of making friends and spending time with likeminded people.
Can Open You Up to More Events
Getting friendly with your neighbors may lead you to getting a few more invites to a few more different events, such as parties and other get togethers. This helps build a good comradery and also gives you a chance to integrate further into the community.
It’s also great if each household has children as it gives them an avenue for them to both play together in a safe environment, close to home.
A common type of event neighbors organize is a ‘roaming’ party. These are exclusive to apartment blocks, but the premise is that all participating residents open their places and invite people over, allowing others to roam from unit to unit. This is great way to feel more connected with your immediate community, however, do make sure to keep valuables and such locked in order to keep them protected, especially if you are meeting people for the first time.
They Can Help You Out
Neighbors can be really helpful in times of crisis, so having a good connection with yours means that you can rely on them being willing and able to help you if things go wrong. Simple things like borrowing some equipment or some supplies can really help make your home life a lot easier, and they may also be able to help with babysitting or animal feeding, sometimes for completely free too.