How to Start Your Own Kindness Rocks Project

Updated on July 23, 2018
Beth Deyo profile image

Beth Deyo is a freelance writer and healthy-living enthusiast focused on finding true happiness while calming the chaos of everyday life.

“One message, at just the right moment, can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life.”

— The Kindness Rocks Project

All around the world, people are spreading inspiration and joy to those who need it most. The magic is happening one simple rock at a time.

The movement began three years ago with one woman searching for meaning in her life. Having lost both of her parents when she was in her early twenties, Megan Murphy regularly had conversations with them in her head during her daily walks along the beach. She would ask them to send her small signs to help guide her in making life decisions. To Megan, a small piece of sea-glass or a heart-shaped rock was seen as a message from heaven.

One day it dawned on her that others may be walking on the same beach, struggling with issues of their own. Without giving it much thought, she grabbed a marker and wrote inspirational messages on five rocks, dropping them along the beach during her daily walk.

When her friend happened to find one of the rocks and reach out to her, Murphy realized what a huge impact her idea could have. She began leaving more rocks around for people to find and eventually created a small rock garden with a sign encouraging those who happened upon it to take one from the pile and leave it where someone else might find it. The idea caught on, and soon the project took on a life of its own.

Origin of the Kindness Rocks Project

From a Single Act of Kindness to an International Movement

The Kindness Rocks Project has come a long way from its humble beginnings on a beach in Cape Cod. Thanks to participants adding the hashtag #thekindnessrocksproject to their painted rocks, it’s been easy to track the spread of this movement. Kindness rocks have been spotted all across the continental United States, Hawaii, and around the globe including Canada, Ireland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, and Haiti. Those who find the rocks use the hashtag to connect on social media, sharing their photos and stories.

Murphy is very modest when it comes to the enormous growth the project has experienced over the past few years. Instead, she contributes the project’s popularity to people’s collective desire to be kind to strangers and leave the world a little bit better than they found it.

How to Bring Kindness Rocks into Your Community

If you’re ready to start your own Kindness Rocks Project, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s easy to do. All it takes is some basic supplies and a desire to leave a positive mark on the world. Here are some tips to help you get started.

1. Find Your Tribe

Before you start your own Kindness Rocks Project, check to make sure there isn’t already one in your community. There’s no sense in reinventing the wheel. Adding your contributions to an already-established group allows you to leverage their knowledge and the work they’ve already done. You’ll also have the advantage of meeting like-minded people and possibly making some new friends.

If there isn’t a group in your area yet, feel free to start your own. You can paint and place rocks by yourself, with friends and family, or make it more formal by inviting other community members.

2. Gather Your Supplies

Smooth rocks of all shapes and sizes are ideal for spreading your message. Be careful about taking too many rocks from their natural environment, as doing so can contribute to erosion, disrupt animals’ natural habitats, and even disrupt river flows.

As an alternative, try contacting your local gardening club to see if they have extra rocks to donate to your cause. Otherwise, you can purchase your rocks from local craft stores, online retailers, landscaping professionals, or hardware stores.

Some of the other supplies you'll need include:

  • Outdoor-safe, multi-purpose paint or patio paint
  • Permanent markers
  • Paint brushes and sponges
  • Acrylic spray sealer

Make sure everything you use for your project is non-toxic, so your rocks don’t contaminate the soil or water supply.

3. Organize the Event

If you’re going to involve a group, you’ll need to plan your painting event. First, find a location that’s big enough to hold everyone. Check with local businesses, yoga studios, or community centers. You’ll need enough tables and chairs to accommodate the group, and you may consider laying down sheets of plastic and drop cloths to protect the area.

Make sure you have enough supplies and consider doing some research about the best ways to paint your rocks. You may want to print up instructions and lists of inspirational quotes to help everyone get started.

Decide whether your group will place all of their rocks in a designated “kindness garden” or if they’ll take them home to hide on their own. If you’re sending participants home with their rocks, make sure to share tips for responsible placement.

4. Spread the Kindness

If you’re placing all the inspirational rocks in a single location, you’ll probably need to get permission from the local government or owner of the property. Otherwise, follow these important tips for safe and responsible rock placement:

  • Place your rocks where they’ll be easy to find and won’t get in the way
  • Avoid placing rocks in people’s yards (they could ruin someone’s lawnmower)
  • Stay away from national parks and national forests (avoid violating “leave no trace” rules)
  • Always ask permission before leaving rocks on private property (homes and businesses)
  • Leave only the rocks and nothing else (don’t attach anything to the rocks, animals could choke)
  • Only hide rocks during daylight hours (otherwise you could trip alarm systems)

Following these simple guidelines will help ensure your rocks spread inspiration and joy without causing any disruptions.

5. Stay Connected

Encourage everyone to include #thekindnessrocksproject hashtags on their rocks. This gives the people who find them an easy way to learn more about the project. Following the hashtag on social media also allows you to view and track related photos, videos, and stories.

Consider starting a website or Facebook group for those participating in the project. This helps everyone stay in touch, share their experiences, and plan future events.

Are you inspired to start a Kindness Rock Project in your community?

See results

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Beth Deyo

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, remedygrove.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://remedygrove.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)