What are the qualities of a good neighbor?

Essay Article - 1

When I think about my childhood years, I my first friends come to my mind, those who were the first people besides my family I got to know, who become my friends and grew up with me. Most of them were classmates, relatives and of course, neighbors. Neighbors are those people who share the street, block and fences with us. Their existence has always been taken for granted, and they haven’t been given the importance or attention that they deserve

For some people, neighbors can mean “troublesome” or “annoyance”. For others, neighbours are considered as relatives, and they enjoy having a good and close relationship with their neighbors. Of course, the options depend on personality of individuals, culture, and type of housing (housing or apartments), place (a bid city, a small town, or the country) among others. But both points of view may come to an agreement when determining “what makes a good neighbor?”

In the first place, a good neighbor should be considerate. Knowing that you should treat others the way you expect to be treated is a quality that makes people respect boundaries (physical, social and emotional). For instance, a neighbor who can tell when the noise of his stereo makes may bother the people next door, and is able to turn is down taking into consideration of his neighbor’s needs.

In the second place, being sympathetic is another characteristics than a neighbor should have. Putting you-self in someone else’s shoes makes you understand better the feelings of somebody who is in trouble, and consequently, offer appropriate help. An example could be a situation where you known that you neighbor divorced recently and is going through a hard time. Maybe you will be more understanding when you see her in a bad mood, and avoid unnecessary conflicts, because you can see the way she feels.

Finally, good manners and a polite way to address your neighbors can polish even the toughest relationship. When a neighbor is rude, even if we excuse him or her by saying “that’s the way he/she is”, we feel a little rejected. A nice smile of a “hello” helps a lot to start a friendly conversation, and to avoid misunderstanding such as “He never speaks to me, so he must be mad at me or something.” Manners do help to start friendships.

There are so many more characteristics that we could list, and there are many ways we could make a more accurate picture of the perfect neighbor we all want to have. But I guess the best way to “edify” our neighbors is by being good neighbors ourselves. We cannot demand others to do something for us that we cannot offer to do for them. We should stop complaining about what our neighbor always does that bothers us; we’d better start analyzing what we are doing to make the relationships with “the people next door” flourish. Let us start setting the example.

Essay Article – 2

Human beings are social animals. It is therefore their instinct to live together. This factor has contributed towards civilization that gave rise to splendid cities and towns. However the basic unit of all these grand cities, and for that matter any human settlement is a neighborhood. Since we are social animals, we have to interact with each other and develop social relationship. In this regard, it is imperative to develop warm convivial relationship with our neighbors. For this purpose, it is also very important to have good neighbors as neighbors play a very important role in one’s life.

There are many attributes of a good neighbor. First of all, a good neighbor should be a responsible person, mindful of other’s right, which includes privacy, peace and security. A good neighbor must therefore avoid unnecessary intrusions into his or her neighbor’s personal matters. Also, a good neighbor must avoid practices that are likely to disturb the peace of his or her neighbors, like creating noise, organizing congregations at odd hours, indulging in alterations with them that are likely to cause tension in the neighborhood.

Secondly, a good neighbor must be caring towards others and be ready to help them in time of need. This is especially true when there is an emergency, like a fire, an earthquake or other calamities. In such situations, neighbors are the first ones who can provide help to the unfortunate ones who have been struck with the adversity, and must do so in selfless manner. Also there may be instances when one may have to leave his or family, especially children at home due to unavailable circumstances. In such a situation a good neighbor is required to take care of their needs and help them in all ways possible.

There may be cases where there are neighbors who are not financially well off. In such cases a good neighbor is required to be helpful towards the unfortunate ones in all possible ways, like sharing one’s food with them, or proving them with gifts.

It is said that one has the liberty to choose friends but one may not have the luxury to choose neighbors. Having good neighbors is thus a blessing and one must value good neighbors, while trying to be good neighbors towards them.