Spend some time with your neighbour, get a social life

Mathew Litty/Dubai
Filed on November 14, 2019

People, especially the younger lot, is either too reserved or unaware of how to be social.

Living in this day and age, many of us lack social skills. And that could be because of the excessive use of our smartphones and ability to be preoccupied with our virtual lives. As a result, we don't even know our neighbours. Everybody prefers staying closed doors, or ewven when they are out and about they are dug deep into their own worlds. Even if we have the time people rarely make efforts to know each other. Our lifestyle has taken most of us for a toss. People, especially the younger lot, is either too reserved or unaware of how to be social. They are good at spying, observing. Only when they need a helping hand, they move out of their zones and act so kind and fake.

Perhaps all of us are busy in the hustle and bustle of life, trying to make both ends meet and filling our piggy banks but that does not mean that we ignore our neighbours. The human approach, anger, frustration and the lack of respect is all a major concern that needs a little revision in our life. All this contributes to poor social skills.

Good neighbours are rare and a good neighbour is not nosy or noisy! They do not ask personal questions or gossip. They do not make a lot of noise when you want to take a nap. Of course, they do invite you to the party because good neighbours are also friendly. You should be able to hop in and chat to your neighbour and have a cup of tea together once in a while. Good neighbours are also willing to help you if you need them. For example, if you need a doctor urgently, they are happy to call one for you. To sum up, a good neighbour knows when to be friendly but also when to leave you alone. As the saying goes: good fences make good neighbours. -Mathew Litty, Dubai

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