Mister Rogers had a point – routinely greeting six neighbors maximizes wellbeing

Adults in the U.S. who regularly greet their neighbors have higher wellbeing compared to those who don’t. Greeting six neighbors appears to maximize wellbeing outcomes, with Americans’ wellbeing score increasing steadily by the number of neighbors greeted. This trend is seen across all five elements of wellbeing, including career, social, financial, physical, and community wellbeing. Interestingly, financial and community wellbeing have the closest association with greeting neighbors. Older adults and higher-income individuals are more likely to greet their neighbors. Greeting neighbors is also linked to Gallup’s Life Evaluation Index, with higher greeting numbers associated with higher levels of overall life satisfaction. This study suggests that greeting neighbors can positively impact personal wellbeing and highlights the importance of neighborly interactions for social and community wellbeing.


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