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- 23 Sep 2014 10:32 am
- Tatenda Nyamugama
Being in bad terms with your neighbour can make your life frustrating, day after day. But taking time to establish good terms with your neighbours has numerous benefits. The community will be friendlier, the neighbourhood safer, and more comfortable to live.
For good relations you need to consider your neighbours’ lifestyle. Get to know your neighbours - what they do for a living, what their schedules might be like, and so on.
Sometimes, you can remedy problems before they even start; for example, if they work nights, quiet mornings will be important for them. If they have young children, quiet evenings will be very important to them. Similarly, give them information that'll help them be more considerate of your lifestyle. If you do a lot of yard work, or if your teenage son likes loud music, let them know in advance and mention that if it's getting too loud, they shouldn't hesitate to let you know.
Good fences make good neighbours. Try and mind your own business. Getting to know your neighbour and relating with them doesn’t mean you are welcome in their day to day personal lives. Many times neighbours get into quarrels that are not necessary because someone is pocking their nose where it’s not needed.
Humans are not islands and neighbours are very important. They might be all you have in a critical moment of need, so it might be a good idea to get to know them better and create a good relationship with them. As we recognise the importance of good neighbours this week we encourage you to get to know your neighbours and also be a good neighbour.