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Engagement Coach on neighbor-friendly relations

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It's summer and your neighbors are likely out in full force. Having a positive relationship with them can really affect your home-life, and if you've run into some negative experiences, it can be hard to repair {or begin} those relationships. Adrienne C. Laursen, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of The Engagement Coach, shares tips for being a good neighbor and how to deal with difficult neighbor relationships.

Why Having Good Neighbor Relationships Is Important

It's Psychology 101; we want to belong and contribute to society and feel a sense of community and support. It can be depressing if you "don't fit in" to an already established neighborhood or equally stressful or depressing if your neighbors are intentionally rude or aloof. If you're new in the community, it's important that you take the time to reach out to your neighbors:

Simply say "hi" when you see them and make an effort to introduce yourself

Get outside so you'll see your neighbors more often

Have a party or potluck to get to know everyone

Walk or jog through your neighborhood on a consistent basis

How To Be A Good Neighbor {for those who aren't!}

Being a good neighbor is really about common sense, respect, reciprocity and kindness. The basic principle of the Golden Rule certainly applies here. . . "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself." Here are some tips for being a good {or better} neighbor:

Take care of your yard!

Don't let your dog bark outside all day long!

Respect your neighbor's privacy!

Require your family and friends to respect your neighbors when they're visiting!

Alert neighbors if you're throwing a party!

How To Deal With A Difficult Neighbor

If your neighbors are dirty junk collectors, non-lawn-mowers, don't take care of their house kind of people, there may not be much you can do. The first suggestion is to simply communicate with them. There may be more to the story than meets the eye, but you won't know until you ask. If they're just simply lazy, try letting them know how it makes you feel {and lowers your property value} to come home to this awful site every day. If all else fails, try gaining support from your other neighbors to confront them as a unified front.

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