Are You a Good Michigan Neighbor?
After conducting extensive research, it has been determined that the one trait that makes a good neighbor is...drumroll, please... not being a complete jerk. Yes, you heard that right, folks. The key to being a good neighbor is simply being a decent human being. Who knew?
According to our Facebook page, being friendly and approachable is important. Wow, what a revelation! I had no idea that greeting your neighbor with a smile and a wave could make such a difference. I always thought scowling and avoiding eye contact was the way to go.
Other important traits mentioned include being considerate and respectful, keeping your yard tidy, and not making too much noise. It seems like common sense, but apparently, it needed to be spelled out for some people. Who knew that picking up your dog's poop and not blasting your music at 2 am were things that made you a good neighbor?
But perhaps the most shocking revelation is the importance of being there for each other in times of need. Apparently, helping your neighbor out when they're in a bind and offering emotional support during difficult times is a good thing. Who knew that empathy and compassion were valuable traits in a neighbor?
All sarcasm aside, it's sad that we live in a world where being kind and respectful is considered exceptional. It shouldn't be. These traits should be the bare minimum for how we treat our fellow human beings, including our neighbors.
Here are 30 plus traits YOU told us made for a good Michigan neighbor: