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Making Neighborhood Friends

National Friendship Day is coming up, which means you have a nation-wide excuse to make more friends! No more lonely lunches for you (unless you enjoy eating alone…that’s cool with me…no judgment here). But on the off chance that you woke up this morning and thought, “Hey you know what? I could use another friend in my life!” then this is the perfect article for you! Neighborhoods are a great place to start, but it can be a little intimidating to spark up a friendship. Here is a list of 5 things you can do to make more neighbor friends. In fact I guarantee (not really, but just maybe) that implementing these tips will get you a neighbor friend!

  1. Go on a walk.

I can never go more than 5 minutes outside my house without seeing another person. Sometimes we do that awkward glance look-at-feet glance-again half-smile pretend-someone-is-calling-me thing. But in honor of friendship day I will say “hi” to the people I see on a walk and we will be friends I just know it.

  1. Bake cookies.

A dozen cookies never hurt a relationship. That is, unless they were poison cookies. Okay this tip is now: Bake non-poisonous cookies. And then take those cookies to a neighbor. This is by far the most important tip I can offer because cookies are delicious to the soul.

  1. Follow a drone camera back to its owner.

Now this is a true story. We have a neighbor who has the coolest gadgets and one night we saw a camera drone flying around the neighborhood. We were certain it was his so we followed it to his house and started chatting. Two hours later we were convinced of buying our own drone and hopefully some nice neighbors will follow it to our house.

  1. Watch The Bachelor.

I’m not saying you really have to watch The Bachelor to have friends. That would just be insane (almost as insane as one guy dating 25 intoxicated women at the same time). But what I am saying is that you can have something really silly in common (like watching The Bachelor) and it provides a great excuse to get together once a week with neighbor friends! Every Monday a group of women in my neighborhood get together and jaw-drop for 2 hours over The Bachelor and we really enjoy each other’s company.

  1. Plan a neighborhood BBQ

Okay this one is a little more involved but I put it at the end of my list for all you overachievers. I knew you would be the ones to make it to the end of my list anyways! I’ve hosted and attended several neighborhood BBQs and can say that it has led to numerous neighbor friendships.

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