By : Yong Shu Han
31 October 2016
We are coming to the end of 2016 and it is as good a time as any to start to take stock of the year. In recalling both happy and eventful moments, why not think about the people who have made a difference to your life?
Family, friends and loved ones easily come to mind. But neighbours, the ones who tolerated our occasional karaoke sessions on Saturday afternoons and the ones who never fail to greet us with a sunshiny smile, deserve our appreciation too.
While a simple “thank you” from a sincere heart is sometimes all that is needed, sometimes we can go the extra mile to do something more.
Here are 5 simple but wonderful ways to show appreciation to a neighbor who has always been there for you and your family:
Write a thank you note
A thank you note is nothing out of the ordinary but you make it special by penning a few words to tell your neighbour how much their thoughtful act had meant to you. You can drop the note in your neighbour’s mailbox, or tape it to the loan item you are returning. You could even make a thank you card yourself to lend a more personal touch.
You can craft a thank you note on DIY postcards- draw inspiration from ‘Hello Neighbour! Share a Postcard’, an outstanding Good Neighbours Project (GNP) 2014, which saw residents coming together to make postcards for their neighbours.
Gift a gift
It is more blessed to give than to receive and that includes presents. Giving someone a present is a surefire way to convey how deeply you appreciate their kind gesture. The gift can be home-made, like baking a cake or making a little handicraft. To make the gift more meaningful, spend some time to understand what your neighbour needs or likes.
Lend a helping hand
We all live busy lives and need a helping hand now and then. If you plan to go to the supermarket, why not offer to get something for your neighbours? The next time you are busy, they will be sure to return the favour!
There are so many little errands neighbours can do for each other – it just takes a bit of effort but it reaps a lot of rewards.
Doing a grocery run for your neighbours or babysitting their children are simple favours that spread goodwill. Good Neighbour Award 2015 recipient Lee Hui Shan helps to babysit and is like an elder sister to her neighbour Zaudah’s six children.
Be the friend next door
Our friends always know what is happening in our lives and are there for us, at least in terms of moral support. As neighbours who live close to each other, we can do so much more. Happen to know that your neighbours are embarking on a new training regime to keep fit? Pass them some magazine cut-outs of on how certain diets can aid them in their quest. If you happen to have the sports equipment they need, lend it to them. The bottom-line? Show that you care.
Put them up for the Good Neighbour Award (GNA) 2017
One of the best ways to show your appreciation is to nominate a neighbour for the GNA. The award recognizes how friendly neighbours make your community a better place to live in. Hurry, as nominations for GNA 2017 close on 31 December 2016.
Nominate your neighbour for GNA 2017!