Friday, June 27, 2014

3 ways to be a better neighbor

One of the more overlooked aspects is your relationship with your neighbors. Barring people who prefer to live alone in the province, most of the world lives next door to other people, whether they’re separated by being in different houses or by a shared wall between apartments. 

The key to having a successful relationship is good communication - your relationship with your neighbor should be no different.

Life is much more pleasant with good neighbors, so here are some tips to help you foster that friendship. 

1. Communicate

The key to having a successful relationship is good communication - your relationship with your neighbor should be no different. If you’re planning on having a rowdy party or you own a dog that loves to bark, talk to your neighbor beforehand so they know what to expect. However, communication is a two-way street, and you should be willing to listen (within reason) to the things your neighbor may need to communicate to you in return. 

2. Be considerate

Whether it’s keeping your hallway/front yard clean or being mindful of your stereo’s volume levels, being considerate goes a long way toward maintaining a good neighborly rapport. Take a minute to think about how you would feel if your neighbor started blaring loud music in the middle of the night or if they let garbage sit in the hallway outside their front door. If these aren’t things you would like, maybe you shouldn’t do them either. 

3. The little things

You can do a lot to improve your relationship with your neighbors. You can greet them when you see them, offer some help with fixing appliances or even offer a helping hand for some chores. It depends on your neighbor and what you’re willing to do, but being kind to the people that live next door can go a long way. 


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