A single, random act of kindness can go a long way. September 21st is International Peace Day, and we’re taking this opportunity to encourage all our Howl Neighbors to do something kind for someone else in their community.
Communities thrive on kindness. We may not see eye to eye on everything, but we all need to display mutual appreciation and respect to show each other that we can have each other’s backs. That means we can rely on each other in the face of emergencies, or maybe we’re just doing simple tasks together to help keep the town running.
You don’t have to do much to show your neighbors you appreciate them. Here’s a few examples:
- Invite them to your home: block parties and big neighborhood blowouts are great if you don’t mind putting more money and time into preparing the celebration, but more casual get-togethers can be a fun time too. Your neighbors might enjoy coming over to watch a basketball game over pizza, or swimming in your pool if you have one.
- Cook for them: Even if they’re not coming into your home, making some yummy treats to pass around to your neighbors can go a long way. Baked goods are classic crowd pleasers, but anything that you know you can make well is sure to be appreciated.
- Start a carpool: if you and your neighbors have kids who go to the same school or share other extracurricular activities, you can do each other a huge favor by carpooling. Figuring out a steady routine to determine who picks up and drops off the little ones at which times can take a huge load off of each other’s shoulders, not to mention being better for the environment. Babysitting for each other can also be a huge help if it’s something you’re both comfortable with, and you can organize playdates if your kids hit it off!
- Offer to house-sit or pet-sit: when people leave their homes for long trips, wondering how their house will hold up in their absence can be a source of anxiety. This is extra true for anyone who has pets, especially animals that require a lot of human attention like dogs and cats – besides, paying for a doggy day care can be expensive. It doesn’t take much time or energy to feed a cat or water plants, but doing so for your neighbors can be a huge stress-reliever!
- Do favors for the elderly: if you have older neighbors, they may need some extra help around their home for physically taxing chores like lawn care and gutter cleaning. If you could offer a hand for those tasks that are extra difficult with age and perhaps even dangerous, it’s worth putting the offer on the table. This is especially true in the winter months, when help shoveling a neighbor’s walk or driveway is sure to be appreciated. This can all also apply to neighbors who have difficulty completing yard or housework for any other reason, such as disability or illness.
- Pay them a compliment: you don’t need to provide anything material to do something nice for your neighbors. If you like a neighbor’s new car or what they’ve done with they’re lawn, tell them! And even if you don't necessarily have anything specific to talk about, simply taking the time to have a friendly conversation does a lot to show that you care.
You can also invite your neighbors to join you on the Howl app! Howl is committed to giving communities the tools to engage with each other and prevent emergencies in a helpful, healthy way free of spam, politics, and trolls. You can use the Voice-Activated Alert to reach out for help in emergencies, the interactive map to find fun local happenings organized by your neighbors, and a whole lot more.
On International Peace Day, and every day, we hope all our neighbors are having fun, staying safe, and doing something nice for each other.