10 Ways to Be Kind to Your Neighbor

January 8, 2018

It’s the time of year that people make resolutions–things they hope to achieve in the coming year. I don’t like the word “resolutions” because I can never seem to keep them, but I do like the word “goals.”

One of my goals for 2018 is to live a life of kindness and generosity and teach my children to do the same. With that in mind, we've come up with a list of 10 Ways to Be Kind to Your Neighbor as a starting point to kick off the new year.

1. Snowblow their sidewalks or mow their lawns while they are on vacation.
2. Create a tool-lending library where everyone catalogs what tools they own. Exchange lists so
neighbors can borrow infrequently used tools instead of buying them.
3. Have a dessert party in the winter where everyone brings a dessert to share, eliminating the pressure to make a whole meal. (You could also make this a summer patio party with appetizers.)
4. Invite an elderly person or couple over for dinner or to be a part of a family outing or holiday.
5. Plan a weekly neighborhood potluck when the weather is nice. You could put a sign in the yard of the person hosting each week so everyone will know where to gather.
6. Host a neighborhood game night indoors or a movie night outdoors (using a projector on a garage door). Ask everyone to bring a favorite snack to share.
7. Share something you enjoy with one of your neighbors. You might bring them a homemade treat, deliver fresh vegetables or flowers from your garden, or invite them along on a fishing excursion.
8. Host a back-to-school bonfire in the fall.
9. Offer to pet-sit, collect mail, or water flowers when a neighbor is out of town.
10. Double a recipe when you cook a meal and bring a batch to your single neighbors.

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Finally—have you checked out our books, The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional and 100 Days of Kindness? They tell the story of how our families embarked on a one-year journey of kindness, and include our successes, failures, and the encouragement you need as a family to incorporate kindness into your own life.  If you already have one of our books and love them, we'd so appreciate it if you leave a review on Amazon. God redeemed it all in the most incredible ways. 

We would love to walk alongside you in encouragement, inspiration and community.


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