The feeling and sense of community is more important now than ever.  We need to expand our relationships to include the people who live around us.  Getting more involved in your surroundings can offer a better sense of stability, support and overall a safer general feeling.  My suggestion is to organize a meet and greet for the neighbors closest to you, or if you have the time and space, a sit down dinner.  The people who live nearest to you should at least be on a first name basis, and at best someone you could turn to if you had to.  Getting to know the people who live nearby helps create a sense of belonging and shared identity in our local area. It also helps to strengthen connections and trust in our wider communities and contributes to a happier neighborhood for everyone.  Research by the Young Foundation and others has found that that wellbeing is higher among people who have regular contact with their neighbors and that knowing people in our local area, even if it is just to say hello can have a big impact how secure and happy we feel about where we live.

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