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Finding Kindness among the Rocks!

Be kind written on a rock

Finding Kindness among the Rocks! Spread Kindness in Your Community

Have you felt uneasy lately? Do you often wish that you could do something to help others feel happierThere is something that anyone can do to improve someone’s mood, and it is as simple as writing a message on a rock and leaving it for a stranger to find. This is part of a large movement called The Kindness Rock Project, that “Encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life.”  Megan Murphy is the creator of “The Kindness Rocks Project.” You can learn all about this movement on her website: 

Megan tells the story of her parents dying while she was in her twenties, and how she often looked for messages out in the world to feel as if they were watching over her from above. She would regularly walk on the beach and she would believe that any heart shaped rock would be from her father, and any beach glass she found would be from her mother. She felt that she needed their guidance as she moved through life. After a while, she realized that others seemed to be searching for signs as well and decided to write a short encouraging message with a permanent marker on five rocks. Megan then spread them out along the beach, among the many rocks that she passed during her walk. Soon a friend of hers sent a picture in a text message of one of the rocks that Megan had left. She could not believe that someone she knew had found one of her rocks and told her that she did not place the rock there. Her friend told her “If you did drop this rock, it made my day.” This simple yet powerful sentence is what started the movement. 

Kindness can be defined as:  The quality of being friendly, generous, or considerate. The rocks that are painted and left for others are often brightly colored, with pleasant images such as hearts, rainbows, or smiley faces. They can contain simple words such as love, courage, or smile, or have phrases, questions, or encouraging sentences such as You are brave. The goal is to brighten someone’s day and connect with them on a positive level. To find out more information and to see how you can get your family, friends, school, or co-workers involved, visit Megan’s website 

Consider painting and writing some positive messages on rocks right from your own back yard and leave them for someone to find. You just may make someone’s day a little bit brighter and encourage others to do the same.  

Looking for materials to get inspired to spread kindness?

Try these titles in our digital catalog: 

The Kindness Challenge by Shaunti Feldhahn: 

Kindness Rules! By Eunice Moyle and Sabrina Moyle: 

Kindness and Wonder: Why Mr. Rogers Matters More Than Ever by Gavin Edwards: 

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio: 

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Romie is a Systemwide Floating Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, where she has recently landed in the Technical Services Department. She loves to help people and learn new things every day. When not at work, she loves reading, going on adventures, and the great outdoors.