You take the same lift, walk the same path and live right next to them. Yet do you even know your neighbour’s name?
Fostering healthy relationships with your neighbour is indispensable as we advance towards an inclusive society. With the June holidays here, there is no better time to get the “knowing” going than now.
Instead of a casual smile, initiate a conversation with your neighbour. This is a good chance to know more about your neighbour than just their name. Ask them how their day was or what plans they have for the holidays. Striking a friendly conversation allows you to make the transition from person-next-door to neighbour. Who knows, the two of you might share more in common than you know and the next time you can invite them over to your place for a regular chit-chat session over some snacks.
• Help Thy Neighbour
It is still possible to cultivate a relationship with your neighbour even when they are away on vacation. Offer to help them look after their pets, collect newspapers and water the plants. Being a good neighbour goes beyond doing good deeds when someone is watching. Just because your neighbour is not around, it does not mean you should stop doing kind neighbourly acts. Go the extra mile and cook them a simple meal when they arrive after a long vacation, they will sure appreciate the heart-warming gesture of a home-cooked meal.
• Time Together
Spending time with your neighbour instead of just acknowledging them may be more important than you think. It creates more than just a pleasant neighbourhood, but a safe and a close-knit one as well. Take holidays like the June holidays for instance as a time to bond with your neighbours in meaningful and fun activities. Kill two birds with one stone by bonding with your family and your neighbour over a barbeque or picnic. Taking part in events conducted by the respective community centres is another great way to bond with your neighbour and to get to know other people living in the neighbourhood.
By Charissa Selvasekaran