A noisy neighbor is not just a modern problem. As the population of the world continues to grow and we are forced to live closer to each other we will have to learn to live in harmony with our fellow man in more confined spaces. Common courtesy as well as a understanding of each other will be crucial as we strive to get along on an ever increasing smaller planet. Dealing with each other in a rational and peaceful manner and handling issues before they become full blown sources of discontent is extremely important.
A noisy neighbor is usually in the minority. Most individuals have a sense of common decency and will attempt to live in a manner that is not disruptive to those around them. Realizing that “what goes around comes around’ most people like to get along with others if for no other reason than the fact that it makes their own lives less complicated. Neighbors such as these are of no concern if they occasionally get a little noisy. You realize that it is an infrequent occurrence. It also “allows” you the privilege of the sporadic outburst.
Some people are noisy without even being aware of it. They are not trying to be disruptive or loud they are simply going about living their lives and are totally unaware of how disruptive they are being to those around them. This type of situation can usually be brought to a satisfactory ending. A tactful conversation outlining the problem is all that is generally needed. The noisy neighbor will attempt to be more quiet. Keep in mind that we all have different standards for what quiet means. You might have to give a little so as not to create more tension and conflict but usually the problem of the noisy neighbor will resolve itself to everyone’s satisfaction.
How to handle noisy neighbors who have no regard for anyone but themselves is often difficult to resolve without someone being unhappy. If you sense that your neighbor will be uncooperative no matter what you do than it is best to not get to involved on a personal level. If you think there is a chance that by talking you can solve the problem initiate the conversation in which you politely ask the offending neighbor to be less noisy and disruptive. This might be all that is needed and you will be pleasantly surprised. If this does not take care of the problem let others in a position of authority handle the situation. Avoid the temptation of trying to think up ways of how to get back at noisy neighbors. This rarely works and can sometimes have dangerous and unintended consequences. Let local law enforcement or the local neighborhood association deal with the problem.
Dealing with noisy neighbors is something most of us will experience at some point in our lives. Handling the situation in a calm and respectful manner will usually go along way towards resolving the situation. Conflict is a natural part of life and something we all go through. We can become better people if we learn to handle conflict correctly. The choice is always ours.