Neighboring

10 Simple Ways to Brighten Your Neighborhood

These days, most of our lives have moved onto “screens.” We spend our time on Zoom calls, Facetime, and social media. We bypass visiting our local stores for ordering stuff online. The changes wrought by the pandemic have only exacerbated this extended “social distance” habit. But humans are pack animals and community is crucial. The connections contribute to our mental and physical health as well as vibrant neighborhoods. So here are some simple ways to reconnect.

WELCOME A NEWCOMER

Make it a point to welcome a new neighbor. Drop by with a cake or bottle of wine, and perhaps a list of helpful phone numbers (yours included).

WRITE A POSITIVE REVIEW

Local businesses always appreciate good word-of-mouth. Write a nice “Yelp” review or spread the word on platforms like Nextdoor.

GET FIRST AID CERTIFIED

Being able to help out in an emergency is a great skill to have. Take some time to learn the basics – especially CPR.

DONATE SUPPLIES TO A SCHOOL

It’s well-known that schools struggle to fund the endless need for classroom supplies. Many teachers pay out of their own pocket. Help pick up the slack by donating yourself or organizing a local drive.

MAKE YOUR SHOPPING GO FURTHER

Some search engines will donate to good causes with every purchase or search. Amazon Smile, for example, donates a portion of your purchase to your favorite non-profit organization.

TIP GENEROUSLY

The folks who bring us our meals, serve up a beer, deliver our packages or give us a ride are working harder than ever. Tipping well is one way to brighten their hard-working day.

ATTEND LOCAL MEETINGS

While most of us are aware of the big national political happenings, change really starts at the local level. Get involved – or at least be present – with the important decisions being made in your community.

LEAVE A HAPPY SURPRISE

Next time you’re at your local convenience store, slip a dollar bill (or more) into the pages of a newspaper. Imagine how happy that stranger will be discovering it!

PRACTICE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Pay for a stranger’s coffee. Take in a neighbor’s trash can or shovel their walk after a snowstorm. Get inspired at RandomActsofKindness.org and keep the positive vibes going.

VOLUNTEER (AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH)

There’s no better way to impact your community – or the world at large — than by helping out on a cause that you believe in. Start with VolunteerMatch.orgAllForGood.org, or DoSomething.org to find the perfect match for you.

-Cindy Grogan

Photo: Pexels.com

Other Posts You Might Like

0 comments on “10 Simple Ways to Brighten Your Neighborhood

Leave a Reply (and please be kind!)

Now with Purpose
%d bloggers like this: