A good neighbour is a priceless treasure!

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By Francis Saldanha
Bellevision Media Network

10 Oct 2016: As social beings, we instinctively desire to be around one another. This has given rise  to towns, cities neighbourhoods, community centers, etc. where people meet and interact on a regular basis. A good next door neighbour is a priceless treasure, which everyone should strive to become, especially in a society where most of us will never get away from living next door to someone. My neighbour once said that "one of the best remedies for one’s health is a good neighbour".


Good neighbour can play such an important part in our daily  lives. Good neighbours become great  friends,  and  in some  cases like family. We all  want good  neighbours, but is hard to know how to be the kind of neighbour?



How can we become  better ones?​. ​Many  people today, particularly those who have grown-up with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & WhatsAap have amassed relationships with people around the globe. But at the end of the day, how many are real friends. Friends and friendship mean different things to different  people. So it is with being a good neighbour. Being neighbourly  means different things to different people as well.


Depending on your personal preferences, being neighbourly might  mean staying invisible except  for a quick wave while getting the mail or emergency. Or you might  think of someone  being a good neighbour when he or she is available to help out with any unexpected need, whether it is to lend some groceries or give your child  a ride to school practice  when your car won’t start.


What kind of neighbour do you want to be? If you are going to be a good  neighbour,  What does that entail?


Sometimes we might  begin by examining our own personalities. Are we reserved  or outgoing? Are we shy type or bombastic?  That will play a part in what kind of neighbour we are. But the next thing to remember is that not everyone in our neighbourhood will be like us, which means it is important to get to know the people in our neighbourhoods.



If we want to be good neighbours, we must seek a comfortable balance with our neighbours, as much as, is reasonable and safe. Part of the balance is learning about some of the traditions of our neighbourhoods or regions. In some parts of the world it is customary to bring a specially prepared meal or sweets for people moving in or when someone has lost a loved one. Opportunities such as these help sow the seeds of conversation that can develop into mutual respect, admiration and even friendship.


By becoming a good neighbour during good times is often simpler than during a crisis or natural disaster. If and when a crisis does arise, requesting help or providing help will be so much easier because  of the relationships that have been forged.


When we are not really sure how to interact with our neighbours. We can just turn the situation around. A good neighbour is one who is there for his or her neighbours or a good neighbour is one who helps and serves in good times and bad.



On the other hand, do not say your neighbour go and come back, and tomorrow I will give it, when you have it with you. Do not devise evil against your neighbour, for he dwells by you for safety sake. Sometimes  that safety includes looking out for well-being of those who are around us while being respectful of their personal privacy and the property. It may start with something as simple as sharing some daily need food items with a neighbour, yet a small kindness can lead to so much more.


As we all know the famous quote, "You shall love your neighbour as yourself". Love does no harm to a neighbour, therefore love as, the fulfillment of the law, even if those around us don’t understand or value​,​ being good neighbours, we certainly can!​.



Comments on this Article
Lila Benedicta, Mangaluru / Bahrain Sat, October-15-2016, 11:18

A good neighbor is someone who has good living habits. In my opinion a good neighbor must be a friendly person, while at the same time, a person who is willing to offer help to you when you need the most. As an important and fundamental quality of a good neighbor, she or he must be kind and nice. I would say a nice neighbor is the one who have provided us a very cordial living environment through their care and friendship. Overall this article will give you an in-depth concept of living in harmony in the neighborhood where relationship are built and thrive - live and let live; concept will be at its best.

Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / Bahrain Thu, October-13-2016, 12:18
@Ronald Sabi, at times it is nearly impossible to maintain good neighbourly relationship. But having said that misunderstanding do takes place sometimes for very trivial issues hence lucky are those who can still maintain and understand good relationships and carry on with it. Thank you for the valuable comments
Sumana, Udupi / Dubai Thu, October-13-2016, 11:24
Sometimes growing up in bad neighborhoods does more harm than we can imagine.
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Tue, October-11-2016, 6:40
Good article and food for thought. I guess it may not be easy to maintain great friendly relations all the time. Certainly there may be cold feelings once in a blue moon...same as husband wife, no couple can live without differences of opinion throughout life. With very few exceptions it is possible to maintain friendly relationship with neighbors.
Prashanth L., Mangaluru Tue, October-11-2016, 10:40
Neighbors must be respectful towards each other in social issues to me, if there is respect; there are always solutions for problems. The negative effects of a bad neighbor or neighborhood may be much larger for low income families with less motivated parents. It has long been clear that children from troubled neighborhood have worse outcomes as adults, sometime the hardships that lead families to bad neighborhoods also. Over all a very good article to contemplate
Mohmmed Ashraf, Kerala / Bahrain Mon, October-10-2016, 7:58
Francis, you can pick your friends but you can t pick your neighbor. Sometime if you are lucky, you have good neighbors! Nevertheless good article about the subject but most importantly, good neighbors are to be respectful, they should consider the others who live around them. They avoid keeping others awake with loud parties and sometime barking dogs. Am I a good neighbor? But we all have to remember one thing that you get what you give hence one has to try, to be a good neighbor!
A. Shordkar, Goa / Bahrain Mon, October-10-2016, 6:19

Good neighbor must be supportive because our lives are full of unplanned emergencies and quite often the people live close to us are the only ones who can provide assistance when things go wrong.

Baig T., Bangalore Mon, October-10-2016, 11:05

A good read but at the same time if neighbours are unfriendly, they are hard to approach and difficult to get along with.

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