When Italians are quarantined from their neighbors, they break into impromptu communal balcony serenades that inspire the whole world. Meanwhile, North Americans are like, “Sorry, not enough balconies.”
What we do have? Creativity, sheer altruism and a whole lot of time on our hands to think of new ways to reach out to neighbors in a social distance–respecting way. And if kindness wasn’t motivation enough, consider the fact that research shows that neighborly trust and connection boosts your health. Get started with these 10 ideas that will strengthen social ties in your neighborhood right now, without putting anyone’s health at risk.