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Befriending your neighbors could help you live longer.
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I'm an introvert. I'm not necessarily unfriendly. I just don't go out of my way to be friendly.
I'm more of a""Hi, how are you doing?"" and proceeding about my day, than a""Hey, join me for lunch?""
Unless you're family, I don't like surprise drop ins.
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This is my idea of a nightmare im happier when i dont have to socialise. not everyone enjoys social interaction some of us actually do better without it. give me a house in the country with a big garden and no people that is my idea of happiness. yes i do sometimes enjoying talking to others but not all that often and i really dont like people in my house not even my relatives that i like.
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I live in a retirement resort with 125 apartments. We can eat together three meals a day (and many snacks) if we choose to. We also have full kitchens if we choose to cook. Most of us choose not to. A most amazing village has formed. We, for the most part, are active and healthy and when we are not the community bands together to support us. I wouldn’t go back to single family housing.
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Ugh, boring!"Nobody talks on the elevator because of phones!" Oh my god, nobody has ever talked on the elevator. Loneliness is a natural human emotion, we don't need to dedicate our lives to eliminating it.
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I would like us to challenge, as a culture, this concept that living longer is the ultimate goal, instead of living shorter but richer lives.
Of course, I'd also like us, as a culture, to stop investing in hover-board technology...so I think it's clear my time of relevance has passed :)
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Must say, this is very much like the kibbutz movement that started over 100 years ago. It had undergone changes and is now more in line with a capitalistic society. Although I do appreciate the Ted talk, I would have loved to hear a little more about the small challenges. Like, what about residents who fail to show up for their cooking/cleaning roster? Who funds the food? What if a home owner or his/her kids becomes violent? Lots of issues remained unanswered.
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I enjoy talking to people, but I also enjoy my alone time. But even as I say that, I live in a condo, so technically I see people everyday. There was a point I knew a lot of people in my building but the owners eventually switched out to renters, than new owners after the market crash so I don't really know a lot of people now. SO, I decided to manifest my own group of friends through a social group on Meetup. Still people don't always like to leave their homes, which is why I also started a website that facilitates video group chats about topics such as these, however instead of just typing your answer, you see there face. If you wish to know more about my group message me and I'll send you the link. Not sure if I'm allowed to post it here.
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The stuff I own isn't very valuable, but it is very dear to me. The thought of other people being around it is horrible to me.
A shared kitchen and dining room might be fun, but my front door is always locked.
I don't mind being around other people, but I'm also not bored in my own company.
I would like to have a girlfriend though ...
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I despise having neighbors. I don't care if I live longer if I have to do it sharing a wall with some busybody who can't let me build a shelf in peace.
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This kind of living would be very stressful for me. I have 3 adult kids and 8 grandchildren who I love and like to spend time with. They live a fair distance away so I don't see them every day, sometimes not even every week. The thought of having to put up with other people's kids especially if their discipline is low, fills me with absolute dread. I love my own space, I have neighbours and I have friends who live close, Sometimes we share coffee, call to see each other and help each other out if we can. But there is no obligation or expectation. I like being alone and never feel lonely or isolated though I can appreciate that some people do. My father lived in sheltered accommodation from the age of 79 and he loved it, but he didn't share meals with anyone. He would sit and chat in the communal lounge or have a game of snooker some days, but he didn't appreciate folk just dropping in on him, except family of course. My apartment is quiet, I like quiet, I don't listen to music and rarely put the TV on before 6pm. No. I like my life as it is thank you.
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