Top 5 Community Tips
1. Smile and do kind things for strangers.
Whether you open doors for people, or offer your seat to someone, research shows that you’re likely to get an even bigger kick out of it than the person who’s now in your seat. Remarkable. What’s more, random acts of kindness are contagious which means they should make your community a nicer place to live in.
2. Say thank you.
Apparently being grateful is very good for us. Tests showed that people who tried saying thank you for 3 things, each night for just one week were happier and less depressed one month, three months and six months later. It’s good for community too; saying thank you to the local corner shop tender will create a sense of well being between you and giving a ‘thank you’ smile to the driver waiting at the Zebra Crossing may even reduce road-rage in your area.
3. Get to know your local area.
How much do you know about your area? Where are your nearest parks? Which are your favourite? Where’s the best place to get a coffee? What sports clubs are there...? To know your local area you’ve got to start with some questions. To get the answers you’ve got to a) keep your eyes and ears open, and b) interact with local people. Before you know it you’ll be appreciating bits of your neighbourhood that you never knew existed and have got to know some nice neighbours along the way.
4. Share Streetbank with your neighbours.
Sharing things and skills through Streetbank gives a great excuse to start talking to people we live near. On top of that it creates an opportunity for us to give. Studies have shown that when we give to others it activates the areas of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust; altruistic acts release endorphins in the brain and boost happiness for us as well as for the people we help. Streetbank works best when there are lots of Streeties in the same area... if you’d like to become a Streetbank Ambassador and receive more information in how to grow a fully fledged Streetbank community in your area email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Join in with ‘The Big Lunch’.
Will and Kate may not be getting married again but on the 5th of June thousands of people across the UK are getting together and having lunch with their neighbours, just for fun. If you’ve been following steps 1,2,3 & 4 you may now have more friends locally, know all the best places in your area and be in a strong position to host a ‘Big Lunch’. If not, don’t worry, just go tohttp://www.thebiglunch.com/index.php to find out where your nearest big lunch is already happening and get involved.