Community doesn’t exist without neighbors, and transformation rarely happens without the involvement of great neighbors. Whether they live next door, across the street, and down the block, they are the ones who truly understand your daily life. But what makes a good neighbor? Today, we will explore some key qualities that make a neighbor truly great.
#1 Good Neighbors Are Authentic
One of the most important qualities of a good neighbor is authenticity. A good neighbor interacts with you on a genuine level – without any hidden agendas or ulterior motives. They don’t try to create a “project” out of your relationship, but rather simply treat you with kindness and respect.
#2 Good Neighbors Take the Long View
Neighbors understand that they don’t live in isolation. They understand that their actions and decisions have an impact on the community. They take the time to learn the history and context of the area before offering opinions or solutions. They understand that every community has its own unique set of challenges, and they are willing to work with others to find solutions that are best for everyone. They are not quick to judge, but rather take the time to understand different perspectives and find common ground.
#3 Good Neighbors Are Considerate
Good neighbors understand the importance of practical help, and are always willing to lend a hand when they can. Whether it’s keeping an eye on the house when you are away, shoveling snow from your driveway, or lending you a tool when you need it, they are always looking for ways to contribute. They understand that it’s the small things that make a big difference.
#4 Good Neighbors Want the Whole Community to Flourish
Good neighbors understand that the well-being of the community is interconnected, and that their actions and decisions have a ripple effect on everyone. They care for all and make decisions and initiatives based on the interest of the community rather than just self-interest. They are always looking for ways to make the community a better place for everyone, and they understand that it’s the small actions that add up to make a big difference.
Good neighbors understand that flourishing doesn’t just mean increased wealth. It means a thriving economy, resources for parents and families, and support for folks in all stages of life. Check out our Flourishing Neighborhood Index to learn more about the tools we use at the Lupton Center to assess community status.
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