One of my goals for 2017 is to spread more kindness. I’m attempting to tackle this in a variety of ways – paying for the car behind me at a drive-thru, letting a car or two out in front of me in traffic, sending happy mail to friends and family more often, giving a coupon to a fellow shopper and more. While they are little things the reactions from those that are on the receiving end of the kindness have been amazing. It truly is the “little things” in life that can bring so much happiness. Recently, the idea of “Kindness Rocks” has hit my radar.
Various groups of people are painting and decorating rocks to leave in public areas for others to find in hopes of spreading happiness and kindness. I love the concept – something so simple, minimal supplies needed, and all ages can participate in the creating and planting of the rocks.
In doing some research about Kindness Rocks, I found that this concept seems to stem from the Cape Code area by Megan Murphy, a women’s empowerment coach. Megan says “Now more than ever kindness can become a connecting force for good. Many people, including myself, are feeling a sense of overwhelm, unease and restlessness due to the current events taking place in our world today, and I believe that our united strength can be cultivated through simple random acts of kindness. Each of us can make a positive difference. Together we can make a positive IMPACT!” Check out The Kindness Rocks Project website for more information.
Locally, I’ve come across Facebook groups that have been created for people to share the fun word about Kindness Rocks and grow the kindness movement. You can check out the local groups here:
Hamilton County Hidden Rocks
Hoosier Kindness Rocks
If you know of other local groups please leave a link their Facebook or website in the comments.
Pretty cool, right? Makes you want to run out and get creating on some rocks, right?
Let’s talk supplies and inspiration for creating Kindness Rocks.
Rocks – you can find these at local hardware or discount stores or take a walk around the neighborhood and find some suitable rocks (just don’t help yourself to your neighbor’s driveway or landscaping rocks. That isn’t kind after all!)
Paint – Acrylic paint is easy to use and inexpensive to buy. Dylusions and Dine Wakley’s paint lines offer fun and bright colors to use and are priced at less than $5.
Paint Pens – These will help you write kind words and messages on your rocks. I love this set of Dylusions Paint Pens for all the fun colors!
Paintbrush – The type of brush you select is probably dependent on how detailed you want your painted rock to be.
Stamps, Archival or Staz-On Ink – Are you thinking what? Check out this adorable idea for decorating a rock using stamps!
Here are more creative ideas for you to get your kindness rock creating started!
So grab some rocks, paint them up and spread kindness (feel free to “hide” them at P&P for others to find).
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