Using the Metropia App to drive a better city is an excellent way to make your community happier and healthier, but we at Metropia thought we’d give you some suggestions to keep the good vibes going beyond your daily driving!

Your city, your community, your street, your neighbors - all of the places and faces you connect with your environment are what make your home so great. So then, why not use your time to make a positive effect and fall even deeper in love with your little corner of the world?

Here are just 5 of hundreds and thousands of great first steps to take to make living where you do even better.

1. Be a kind neighbor, be a friendly face.
With this one we don’t mean you absolutely must bring a dozen freshly-baked cookies to any new neighbor who moves in (although it couldn’t hurt). What we really mean is treat others the way they would like to be treated. Yep, that’s right, do away with assuming and get to know the individual before you build up an image in your mind. Geez, for all you know, they may loathe cookies!

Do the simple things. Just like momma taught you, say “please,” “excuse me” and “thank you.” Give everyone you meet your full attention - eyes up, ears on. Everyone from your barista to your best friend deserves to feel like their words and their actions matter. Make a conscious effort not to consistently have your eyes and hands on your smartphone - it never feels good to come second to a shiny mobile device.

If someone takes a harsh spill - ask if they’re okay or need help! Life’s full of enough mayhem and embarrassment, why not make someone’s day?

2. Volunteer your time.
You’re busy enough as it is - we know, but any spare time you can ring out of your schedule could make a massive difference for your city. Whether you choose to help out at an animal shelter, get in the mix at the local food bank, or take part in a mentorship program - you’ll be doing a whole lot of good. Places like these need all the help they can get when it comes to staff, so your smiling, willing face will be a welcome addition to the team. Don’t forget - doing good will make you feel good too, so everybody wins.

3. Support and create local art.
Every city exudes a different attitude, a different scene, and one great way to get to the heart of a community is to take in it’s art. Artists can tell the story of a city’s many facets in a way that is both critical and beautiful. Don’t let the art scene in your city fade out - be sure to take in local museums, musical performances, art shows, etc. and ensure its survival!

Making art is, in itself, a great way to reduce stress for adults and children alike - everyone should get involved! Also, why not beautify your city just a little more? It will only do you and others some good.

4. Take advantage of your community garden, or get one started.
Community gardens provide all sorts of excellent benefits to those who utilize them, from better eating habits to improved health and lower food costs. Community gardens offer up plots of land for participants to rent out and grow delicious food. In larger cities especially, residents do not often have access to soil for growing their own food, so the community garden becomes their opportunity to literally get their hands dirty cultivating what will later go on their plate. Sure, we’re all encouraged to buy locally, but why not grow locally too and learn some great habits along the way.

5. Encourage your friends, family, and work colleagues to bike or carpool to work.
Commuting can be a rather frustrating and at times depressing affair. The more commuters on your city’s roadways, the more congestion, and the more time spent sitting in traffic. Taking alternative modes of transportation means lightening the traffic load and the citywide carbon footprint. Less traffic means more time out of the car, bus, or tram doing what you like. Get moving and reduce stress by making your morning drive, and the drives of others, shorter and more enjoyable.

While you may not be ready to become a regular do-gooder overnight, we hope these 5 terrific ideas inspire you to make a difference in your city - your home.