community immersion 101
Each year, millions of people move to a new community. While immersing yourself in new surroundings may not trump unpacking and setting up a home, there are reasons to make it a priority. Community ties help ease the transition, and getting to know the neighbors (even if not every single neighbor is nice) brings ongoing benefits — in fact, academia has affirmed the power of good neighbors for young and old. Not only can the people around you boost educational achievement as a kid; a Rutgers study says positive relations with neighbors can help people in middle and old age with “purpose in life, personal growth, autonomy, environmental mastery, self-acceptance, and positive relations." Here are ways to become acclimated.