From your property value to your safety to your sanity, your neighbors can have a pretty big impact on your life.
You can also add your health to that list. Research in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health reveals that people who have friendly neighbors they trust are less likely to have a heart attack than those who feel the opposite about their neighbors.
That’s a pretty compelling statistic. Yet many of us don’t even know our neighbors — let alone know them enough to trust them. A study by the Pew Research Center found that only 43 percent of those surveyed said they knew all or most of their neighbors.
What about you? Do you know your neighbors? If not, it might be time to get out there and get to know them. Doing so will be good for your heart—in both a literal and symbolic way. (You never know where your next friend will come from!)
Yet despite your best efforts, some neighbors will just never be your best friends. So we’re going to help you overcome some of the common reasons why neighbors don’t get along in the following posts. In them, we’ll cover:
- 5 Common Neighbor Disputes: We’ll take a look at some of the most common clashes between neighbors and how they originate.
- How to Handle Neighbor Disputes: Whenever you live close to someone else, you’re bound to have a disagreement or two. In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can rectify the situation so you can get back to being happy neighbors.
- The Insurance Implications of Neighbor-Related Activities: Life happens — not only to you, but to your neighbors as well. So who covers the damage when your tree falls on your neighbor's home or a fire on your neighbor’s property spreads to yours? Find out in this post.
- 5 Types of Neighbors You’ll Never Forget: Every neighborhood has one or two of these special characters—and your neighborhood may be blessed with even more. Here are five of the most notorious types of neighbors.
Ready to learn how to live at peace with your neighbors? Then let’s get started.