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How to reconnect with your neighbours

Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can transform communities. Social connection also makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.

September 24, 2020

So, instead of sitting in your back garden to get some fresh air, switch to your front garden instead. You can enjoy a sit down, a cuppa and watch the world go by. And if someone wanders by going for a walk or exercising their dog, take a moment to smile and say hello. If they slow down, you could ask them how their day is going and strike up a conversation.

It’s these little gestures that keep communities connected and a smile, wave or a few words from you could make a huge difference to someone’s day. 

Conversation starters

  • You could bake a batch of muffins or cookies and offer one to passers-by – a delicious way to break the ice.
  • The weather – an oldie, but a goodie!
  • Ask about their sporting team.
  • Current news items
  • Don’t hold people up for too long or they might avoid you next time! 
  • Avoid politics!

4 benefits to staying connected 

There are many physical and mental health benefits to living in a connected neighbourhood:  

  1. It promotes overall higher levels of physical and mental health 
  2. It can make you feel less lonely and less socially isolated 
  3. You are less likely to have high blood pressure and your risk of heart attack is reduced 
  4. People who live in a connected neighbourhood are less likely to report symptoms of depression and older people are less likely to be admitted to hospital.

Being a friendly neighbour may not solve every problem, but you might make a significant difference to someone’s feelings of wellbeing. 

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