A lot goes into building safe, strong communities. While no single factor can be highlighted as more important than another in regard to building strong communities, a willingness by residents to connect with their neighbors can benefit local neighborhoods and the people who call them home.

According to Mental Health America, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting the mental health of all Americans, research has shown that social connections increase happiness and lead to improved overall health and even longer lives. Adults may find that establishing a connection with their communities, and maintaining that connection while juggling the responsibilities of work and a family, is not always easy. That’s especially so for adults who have recently relocated to new areas. Reaching out to neighbors can help adults to build new, beneficial relationships as individuals and strengthen their communities.

Strong communities are built around people. When moving to a new area, adults can overcome the challenges such relocations present by taking various steps to connect with their new neighbors. Among them:


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