Ways To Make Your Community a Happier Place

Ways To Make Your Community a Happier Place

Your community is a special place. It’s where most of your favorite stores, hangout spots, and friends are. For parents, it’s also where you’re raising your kids. It’s only natural that you’d want your community to be a happy, healthy, and exciting place to live—but a community can’t flourish without the help of everyone living in it. If you’re looking for ways to make your community a happier place, try these simple but impactful ideas.

Shop Locally

Shopping at well-known retail stores, like Walmart or Target, is convenient, but most of the money you spend there gets funneled out of your community. By shopping at smaller, local stores, you’re supporting the local economy as well as your neighbors. Spending locally keeps money in your neighborhood, where people can reinvest into different shops and services.

Find Ways To Volunteer

There’s always a local organization that could benefit from your time. Volunteering, whether it’s at a hospital, food bank, youth group, seniors’ home, or an animal shelter, is a fantastic way to help people in your community. You can find local opportunities online, or by contacting organizations through phone, email, or text. Volunteering is a great activity because you can involve your loved ones. Make it an outing, and bring your friends, your children, and other relatives along for the ride.

Show Appreciation for Your Neighbors

The easiest way to make your community a happier place is to fill it with smiles. You can show appreciation for your neighbors and local heroes, like teachers, police officers, and nurses, in a bunch of different ways. Try showering them in compliments or offering to help them with the little things, like babysitting, lawn care, and cooking. You could also give them a meaningful gift. Saying ‘thank you’ to an underappreciated teacher can make their entire day, while sending letters to a local seniors’ home or hospital can cheer up someone who’s lonely. It’s the little gestures that count. By performing small acts of kindness throughout the day, you can make your community a brighter, happier place to live.

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Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Mallory Knee, the Detroit Mommies Lifestyle & Parenting Contributing Expert is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things home, lifestyle, and parenting. She particularly enjoys writing for communities of passionate women who come together for a shared interest and empower one another in the process. In her free time, you can find Mallory trying a fun new dinner recipe, practicing calligraphy, or hanging out with her family.