Covid-19 has taught us many things that may have gone hidden under more circumstance. It has come as a good reminder of togetherness and what we can do is we truly work on something collectively rather than selfishly on out own.
This show the relationships we can build and the kindness we can offer to others.
Communities play an important role in every aspect of our lives. We have communities in our friends, our families, our employment, our neighborhoods, and in so many other places. We find community in the sports teams we support, or the artists we enjoy, even the food that we like. Having a sense of community unites us.
Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure.
It’s important for every person to have a sense of community. A strong community can greatly benefit families and businesses in a variety of ways. In an age where technology both connects us and separates us, a local community can greatly benefit our well being and can increase our contentment in day-to-day life. As we get older, it can sometimes get harder to connect with the people around us. But, that connection will ultimately ease stress and feelings of loneliness.
How else can I support an older neighbor?
It’s easy to forget that older people sometimes just want someone to pass the time of day with.
Even a small act can make a big difference. Knock on your neighbor’s door and ask them if they need anything. You could:
- invite them round for a cup of tea and a slice of cake
- drive them to a medical appointment
- pick up some shopping for them
- ask if they have anything that needs taking to the tip
- offer to sweep up leaves or salt an icy front step
Do make sure you’ve introduced yourself properly first, telling them who you are and where you live.
Not everyone wants to be friendly with their neighbors, so try to judge the mood when you first approach them.
Once you’ve got that good rapport with your neighbor, it’ll be much easier to do something nice for them.