5 Ways to Cultivate Connection in Your Neighborhood

5 Ways to Cultivate Connection in Your Neighborhood
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Sara Schairer

Do you know your neighbors? In our hurried and often detached society, having neighbors as friends and part of your support system is not as common as it used to be.

One of my friends has a theory about why neighbors don’t know each other well. She believes you can attribute the demise of the neighborly bond to the automated garage door. You may often get home and close your garage without stepping foot in front of your home. You then may isolate yourself in your home and fenced-in yards, which doesn’t allow you to get to know the folks around you.

Whether it’s a garage door, a large-sized lot, busy lives, or a fence keeping you from getting to know your neighbors, you may want to break down those barriers in order to create a more nurturing neighborhood. Not only will the relationships with your neighbors benefit you when you’re in a bind, but they may make you happier.

I’m lucky because my neighbors and I are close friends. Whether feeding my dog, watching my daughter, or sharing a celebratory toast, I can count on them. Yet our neighborhood wasn’t always like this, and it took effort to connect with each other.

Here are some steps you can take to cultivate a connected neighborhood:

1. Create a Contact List

Who are the people in your neighborhood?

Take the initiative to create a document with your neighbors’ names, phone numbers, addresses, birthdays, and email addresses. Don’t forget to include pets’ names, as well.

It may be helpful to create a spreadsheet through Google and share it with your neighbors. Although it takes a lot of work upfront, you will be happy to have everyone’s information in one spot.

Some of your neighbors might want to keep a low profile, and that’s understandable. Make sure no one feels pressured to be added to the spreadsheet.

2. Throw a Shin-Dig

A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to be surrounded by young, fun, and caring people in my neighborhood. We ate dinners together, played beach volleyball on the weekends, and even took a road trip to Yosemite National Park.

We became instant friends once we met, yet these neighbors had been living next door to me for months before I met them. Thankfully, my 80-year-old neighbor threw a neighborhood …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra

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