No matter where you live, it is your right as a citizen to feel safe and happy in your neighborhood. Although it is the job of governments and councils to make living conditions suitable for residents of the towns and cities across the country, there is only so much they can do from a distance. It is also up to the individuals who reside there to make their neighborhood a better place to live.
Being a good neighbor is about more than taking out the trash on time. There is so much more you can do to improve the quality of life and happiness in your local area. If your neighborhood could do with a bit more safety and community, here are some excellent ways to improve it for everyone.
Get to know your neighbors
In cheesy TV sitcoms, everyone seems to be best friends with their neighbors, but this is often not the case in real life. In fact, one study has shown that a massive 75% of American adults aren’t friends with any of their neighbors. Being neighborly is one of the best things you can do to establish a sense of community and joy in your local area. Make an effort to introduce yourself to all of your neighbors and establish a friendship. The fact that you live in close proximity should be enough of a common ground to strike up a relationship. And don’t stop there. Once you’ve introduced yourself, why not try to take things further by introducing your neighbors to each other? Incorporating this social element into your area will improve the quality of life for everyone involved.
Start a community project
If you want a guaranteed way to bring everyone in your neighborhood together, come up with a community project for people to get involved with. This could be as simple as a book exchange on your street or a communal garden or art project that everyone can work on.
Make it safer
Is your neighborhood a safe place to live? If your street is home to a lot of crime, try to do some good by reporting crime or making it harder for criminals to operate there. Installing cameras or initiating a neighborhood watch deter unsavory characters and allow you to be vigilant. Irresponsible drivers can also be a danger to your community. Set an example by driving slowly, or take this further by installing radar speed signs in high-risk areas such as those offered by Traffic Logix.
Shop at local businesses
Although it’s often more appealing to shop at big chain stores to find bargains and save money, this directly impacts small businesses. Try to support the underdogs in your community by shopping locally. You might end up spending a little more money, but often the quality of products will be higher, and you will be doing your bit for local business people too.
There are many other ways to improve your neighborhood’s living conditions, but by following these four tips, you will make a big difference to the safety and happiness of your community.