It isn’t the easiest thing to do when you move into a new neighborhood, and have to make new friends. The initial hesitation and awkwardness can take over if you’re not very confident, and breaking the ice with someone you don’t know can feel like a daunting task. But there are plenty of easy ways to get to connect and get to know new neighbours, and hopefully become good friends over time.
Break the Ice with a Housewarming Party
A small gathering at your place, with next door neighbors can be a great ice-breaker. This creates an impression that you are approachable and friendly, and even if not many people attend, you still get a nose around people and find out more about them.
Join your Neighborhood Club or Society
Most neighbourhoods’ these days have some sort of society or club for residents of the area; which is a good place to visit in order to meet new people. Mostly some interesting activities are organised at such places, such as a small fair or picnic which helps you to connect and get to know people living around you. In addition, becoming a member of a neighbourhood society can avail you of certain perks and privileges. If your colony has a welfare society for residents, you could take up a responsibility or a post, which would help you interact with others.
The General Chit-chat and Impromptu Meets
Invite your neighbours for a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, impromptu. Doing this will give you a good opportunity to find out more about mutual neighbours and help you get to know the area you live in.
Meet and Greet over Festivals
Whether it’s Christmas, Diwali or Eid, it’s polite to go wish someone with a small gift or a box of sweets as a token of neighbourliness. Festivals are a great way to get to know your neighbours, as holiday cheer helps bring everyone together. On a festival holiday, people are also more relaxed, and at home with the whole family, and you can meet everyone together.
Getting to know your Children’s friends
Inviting home your child’s playmates can eventually lead you to getting introduced to their parents. Or if you have to drop your child to his or her friends’ house, you can meet their parents. Children quite easily make new friends, and it’s smart to piggyback on them and use the opportunity to increase your own friends circle!
Being a good Samaritan
The best way to build lasting relationships is by offering help if they need a hand. If your neighbour needs a helping hand with armfuls of groceries, or an elderly person cannot manage in a queue, why not pop over, and introduce yourself, and offer him/her a hand. This doesn’t mean that you should be nosey in their business when they don’t want you to, but just being concerned can help.
With these small tactics, you will soon shed being the ‘newbie’ and start to feel comfortable with rest of the neighbourhood.