To be a good Samaritan means to be a good neighbor and that is what Jacob Crocker of St Louis strives to be. When it comes to the definition of a good relationship with neighbors, the bible talks about the parable of the Good Samaritan. Furthermore, two of the 10 commandments deal with neighbor relationships.
We cannot choose our neighbors. Since they live near us, we cannot help seeing them often. If we do not aim to be a good neighbor, we might end up living in misery which is not a good thing at all.
Imagine not being on good terms with the people next door. It will make you spend much of your energy thinking about them. Hence, it can adversely affect your mind, said Elizabeth Stokoe, a professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University. Having an abusive, noisy and disrespectful neighbor can be stressful. You will dread knocks at your door or would not like it if you spot them nearby.
If the neighborhood has good people, everything will go smoothly. The surroundings will be safer, nicer, friendlier and comfortable to live. We can always take our time to be on good terms with our neighbors with several simple and doable steps.
· Take the time to know your new neighbor and welcome them. If you are the new guy on the block, you can introduce yourself and know those who are in the community.
· Consider your neighbors’ schedule, job, lifestyle, etc. to avoid problems. For instance, if your neighbors work on a night shift, you know it is important for them to have quiet mornings when they are already sleeping.
· Let your neighbors know about something that can affect them, such as informing them if you are going to have some visitors to celebrate a family event. You and your guests may stay longer, noisy and play some music that can disturb those who live near you.
· If you have kids, dogs or pets, make sure they do not trespass your neighbor’s backyard and property. If they do, make sure to clean up the mess.
The goal is to maintain a harmonious and peaceful life for you and your neighbors. This can make your home and neighborhood a real haven.