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4 Ways to Get Along with Your Neighbours

Modern life is a lot less conducive to friendships with neighbourliness than it used to be. But positive relationships with those around us can make our lives more pleasant and give us a sense of who we are. Here are a few ways to help nurture those relationships for happier, healthier lifestyle.

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1. Strike Up a Conversation Over the Fence

It’s OK to be the one to break the ice, even if you’ve lived next door for years. Most neighbours enjoy making small talk with other people. So as you see them in the garden, smile, wave and say hello. Ask how their children are (whether they’re toddlers or at university) or whether they could use some extra carrots from your garden.

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2. Introduce Yourself to Newcomers

Your new neighbours may be feeling lonely and unsure, especially if they’re far from home, and might appreciate a friendly face bearing a homemade cake or a plant. If they have children, tell them where the other local children live. Give advice on the best places to eat and shop.

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3. Be Considerate

Return anything that you borrow from a neighbour, such as tools, in good condition and as soon as you’re finished with them. Replace anything that belongs to your neighbour that you, your children or your pets break or soil. If your neighbour hasn’t brought in his or her bin yet, do it as a favour. Random acts of consideration will get your neighbours talking.

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4. Invite Your Neighbours Over

What better way to meet your neighbours than to invite them to an informal barbecue or party? If you deliver the invitations in person, you’ll get a chance to have a chat before moving on to the next house.