How to meet your neighbors

by Joe Somebody on Friday, March 25, 2011

I actually met one of my neighbors by accident. I was leaving with a friend when they pulled into their driveway. It was interesting the number of questions she had for me. Do you smoke? Is that your wife? Do you have kids? She wanted to know so much about me. It was actually pretty cool. Sadly the only thing I now know about her is her name and that she has a dog. Need to find more ways to introduce myself.

Just because delivering a Jell-O mold to welcome a newcomer to the block is creepy doesn’t mean you’re destined to live a lonely, anonymous life in your neighborhood. Even if you are the new person.

Saying hello "a lost art that needs to be brought back." Try this: Walk around your neighborhood and actually look at people, not down at the sidewalk or at your iPhone. As you pass someone, make eye contact and smile, nod, or say "Hi." Afterward, continue walking, and don’t look back. Repeat.

Practice common courtesies. Return your neighbors’ mail if it’s delivered to you by mistake (including a nice note wouldn’t hurt). Help strangers who need assistance with large packages, or carrying strollers up and down stairs. Open doors for others.

These are just some small things that you can do to learn more about your neighbors.

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