June 22nd, 2017
Most people can agree that first impressions are important. With new neighbors, an awkward moment can be the difference between becoming best friends and never speaking to each other again.
According to the General Social Survey, one-third of people have never interacted with their neighbors — presumably at least in part because people fear those uncomfortable moments. Here are three awkward-free ways to get to know your neighbor once you see that “apartment for rent” sign removed from the front window:
Does it get more awkward than moving into a new place and seeing your neighbors creepily “watch you” as they peer between the slats in their blinds? Don’t be that person. Instead, try helping out. Some of life’s most interesting conversations and best first impressions arise from the shared experience of good old-fashioned work.
When the work is done, invite your new apartment neighbor to a group dinner at your home. It’s a nice opportunity to connect an assortment of neighbors.
Has anyone ever been angry about receiving a free plate of piping-hot macaroons from a neighbor? Not likely. Awkwardness fades away with the wafting scent of baked goods and homemade goodness.
Even if the treats aren’t very good, your neighbor will be left with a strong taste of thoughtfulness and community — which goes great with milk.
One of the best ways to put people at ease is to be selfless. If your conversation focuses on your neighbor’s life, not yours, then he or she will feel valued and more at ease.
Introducing yourself can be tough, but it’s always easier if you are authentically interested in your neighbor’s well-being. If you care, you have a chance to build a friendship. Awkwardness need not apply.
Are you looking for great community in a friendly neighborhood? Consider the apartment homes at ICO District in Pleasant Grove.