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Getting to know the people who live nearby helps create a sense
of belonging and shared identity in our local area. It also helps
to strengthen connections and trust in our wider communities and
contributes to a happier neighbourhood for everyone.
Our lives are often so busy we don't get to connect with the people who live close to us. This is especially true in big cities, where everyone comes and goes at different times and new neighbours move in and out.
Yet research by the Young Foundation  and others has found that that wellbeing is higher amongst people who have regular contact with their neighbours and that knowing people in our local area, even if it is just to say hello can have a big impact how secure and happy we feel about where we live.
Sometimes it's obvious what we can do and other times it's not. We don't have to make big gestures - small things can make a difference too. It might take a bit of confidence but it gets easier. Here are some ideas of ways to connect:
 Bacon,N., Brophy, M., Nguni, N., Mulgan, G., & Shandro, A. (2010). The State Of Happiness: Can Public Policy Shape People's Wellbeing and Resilience? London: Young Foundation
The Amazing Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives
The State of Happiness
Findings from the Local Wellbeing project
Neighbourliness + Empowerment = Wellbeing
Is there a formula for happy communities?
The Big Lunch
Annual one-day get together with your neighbours
The Friends and Neighbours (FAN) charity
Encourages creation of FAN Groups where people meet in a spirit of friendship
Understanding life in neighbourhoods
Groups Near You
Helping people in neighbourhoods get to know each other
Top tips on how to organise a street party
Bristol based initiative spreading happiness
Exploring how the arts can inspire kindness, community and social change
Connect with people
Together we're stronger
Having a network of social connections or high levels of social support has been shown to increase our immunity to infection, lower our risk of heart disease and reduce mental decline as we get older.
Not having close personal ties has been shown to pose significant risks for our health.
Happiness is contagious
Our happiness influences the people we know and the people they know.
Research shows that the happiness of a close contact increases the chance of being happy by 15%. The happiness of a 2nd-degree contact (e.g. friend's spouse) by 10% and the happiness of a 3rd-degree contact (e.g. friend of a friend of a friend) by 6%.
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