I’ll own up to not always being the best neighbor. I’ve been known, for instance, to have gatherings and not invite the people who live across from me, and then proceed to feel like the hugest douchebag on the planet for weeks afterwards, every time I see them.

To spare you the same pain, allow me to suggest a few neighborly things you should always do:

  1. When you move in somewhere new, introduce yourself to the people who live across the hall (or street) and next door. REMEMBER THEIR NAMES, even if you need to jot them down somewhere.
  2. Say hello every time you see them. Seriously, don’t be that guy that pretends that you don’t see your neighbors when they’re walking in the door ten feet away from you.
  3. If you’re having a party, invite them.
  4. Offer up a friendly gesture over the holidays. Bake cookies, or at least give them a card.
  5. If you know something has gone down with them, good or bad (i.e., death of pet or bar mitzvah) give them your condolences/congratulations. A card would be even nicer.