By nature, apartment communities are more communal than the average American neighborhood. This can be a good thing, especially in a quality community like Millis and Main, because research shows that the more social connections we have, the happier we are.
Over the past several decades, Americans have become increasingly isolated from their neighbors, but there are a lot of benefits to having social connections right where you live.
Here are some of our favorite tips for making friends in your new apartment community:
1) Introduce yourself. When you run into neighbors, ignore the urge to look at your feet and walk on by. Smile and introduce yourself! The more neighbors you meet, the more you’ll get a feel for which ones are potential friends. And it never hurts to give your neighbors a good impression of you as being a friendly person.
2) Make small talk. Okay, fellow introverts, this one might make you a bit squeamish, but small talk is undeniably necessary for making social connections. You may not be in the mood to make small talk every time you see your neighbors (and they probably won’t be, either), but try to be intentional about it once or twice a week. Small talk can be a bridge to an ongoing friendship.
3) Attend community events. When the on-site team at Millis and Main hosts any type of event, show up! This is one of the best ways to get to know your neighbors on neutral territory. The legwork is already done for you; all you have to do is be there.
4) Invite people over. Ask a few of your neighbors to come over for coffee, board games, or to catch up on that TV show everyone’s binge watching. It may feel awkward at first, but you’ll be surprised at how many people would really like to hang out, but are waiting for someone else to make the first move.
5) Arrange a playdate. This tip is for parents only, of course, but if you do have kids, consider asking other parents in the community to get together for a playdate. Having friends for your kids as neighbors will benefit them, and you can get to know the parents as well.
Most of all, keep an open mind about the ongoing opportunity to make friends. Having neighbors who you trust and are friends with can be an invaluable asset to your apartment life.