Having an actual connection with your neighbours is one of the most fulfilling parts of living in a community. At Empire, we know where you live isn’t just the backdrop for life’s moments to unfold — it’s where a mix of like-minded people and a well-situated neighbourhood make your house feel like home. Whether you’ve just moved in or are looking to expand your local social circle, here are some great ways to get the friendship ball rolling.
1. Be Nice to Everyone You Meet
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own worlds as we go about our day-to-day, try to slow down and find opportunities for connections. Say hello or try to spark a quick conversation with someone you see when you’re walking the dog, dropping the kids off at the bus stop or out in your front yard. Relationships are a two-way street — when you’re kind to others, odds are they’ll reciprocate that same kindness back.
2. Say Yes to (Almost) Everything
When you move to a new home, you may not be too familiar with your surroundings or those who live next door — all the more reason to say yes to heading to the park with your kids and the neighbours or popping in for a backyard cocktail hour. It’s the easiest way to strike up a new friendship and get to know one another.
3. Cultivate New Connections
Diversity is what makes a community so unique. Just think about the people who live on your street — it might be a blend of young professionals moving into their first home, new parents whose kids are out playing in the front yard, or retirees with enough travel plans to trump us all. But don’t get caught up in age ranges or stages of life, and definitely don’t let them hinder you from making connections with those you gravitate to. See the value in learning from the lived experiences of others and the unique perspectives they share with you. Sometimes the greatest friendships are the ones we least expect.
5 Things to Do Upon Moving In
Just moved into a new community? Get acquainted with your neighbours right away.
1. Introduce yourself with baked goods.
2. Invite them over.
3. Attend community events and join neighbourhood organizations.
4. Exchange phone numbers.
5. Lend a helping hand.
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