Love Your Hood

Challenge 1: Know Your Neighbors

This challenge is an important one. It’s one that might take a while to complete — it’s to embrace that loving your neighbor is a worthwhile endeavor and to get to know the people that live closest to you. But, it’s hard to love the people around us when we don’t even know their names.

Love Your Hood Challenge | Know Your Neighbor

(Miss the background on what the Love Your Hood Challenge is all about? Check it out here.)

A whopping 90% of people don’t know the names of their eight closest neighbors.†

For real! We want to help change that. So, first things first. We’re going to find out who lives next door. Here’s what that looks like:

Know Your Neighbors

Print out your neighbor grid and fill out who you know.

This grid is meant to represent your home (the heart) and your eight closest neighbors. Your street might not look like a grid, so pick the eight closest folks to you. If you live in a building, this could include the people that live next to you, as well as above and below you. (Because when someone’s toilet is leaking at 2 a.m. and you awake to water dripping on your head, it’s really handy to have their info — trust us!) We’ve even added a nifty checklist to keep track of all the challenges throughout the year.

So, what kinds of things should you fill out on your grid? Start with names. Once you know who lives there, add things you know, such as hobbies, what they do for work, pets, and so forth.

Already know everyone on your grid? 🙌 Keep on doing your thing and consider getting to know your next closest neighbors too!

Love Your Hood Challenge | Know Your Neighbor

Bonus Challenge

Read a book or listen to a podcast about neighboring to get your mind in the game. A few ideas to pique your interest:

Share Your Experience

We’d love to see how you rocked this challenge! Snap a photo (or take a video) of you taking on this challenge, then:

Contact us

Have a google account? Fill out this form to share your experience with us. We love hearing from you!

Email us

Share your experience with us by email. We keep our fire going by hearing your neighboring stories.

Tag us

Post your experience on Instagram and and mention us @loveyourhood or tag #loveyourhoodchallenge.com

† The Art of Neighboring by Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak

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