12 Reasons Joining The Kindness Rocks Project Will Make Your Day

12 Reasons Joining The Kindness Rocks Project Will Make Your Day

It's a much needed anecdote to the negativity in the world.

If it seems like aggressive political movements have taken over our country and we are left in hopeless despair caused by rampant racism and discord, turn off the television news and turn on Facebook groups.

Type the word "rocks" into the group's search bar. Now see how many hundreds of results you get with cutely painted rocks on the cover.

In a previous article, I shared how a craft has become a community building activity that has gone global.

Since I wrote the article two weeks ago, my local chapter, Valdosta Rocks, has grown by over 2,000 people and the number climbs every day (and we are a small town). Fun and kindness are much more contagious than hate! So, here are a few of the reasons you should try getting involved in The Kindness Rocks Project!

1. It's a creative outlet

I'm a hobby dabbler and painting isn't my expertise, but it sure is relaxing. You take this smooth rock, coat it in a layer of paint, create designs any way you choose, and seal it. Time slows down and you're left with creating something from a simple natural element. Everyone should have a creative outlet to get away from busy lifestyles, stress, bleak headlines, and responsibilities for a while. This is an easy one to get started on and you can connect with other people who are also engaged in the activity!

2. It's an ageless activity

From toddlers to retirees, almost anyone can do this. I love looking at our Facebook group and seeing small children painting, hiding, and finding these rocks while adults show off their latest creations and drop hints about where they rocked them. It's truly for all ages!

3. All levels of artistry can participate

It's all about the art of connection! From simple designs to the extraordinarily detailed, people share their creations and just have fun interacting with each other. Sometimes someone will post a picture of rock art they are so proud of, they keep it; most are given away though!

4. It gives you a reason to get outside

In case you've been living under a rock, the way this works is you paint rocks, hide some, find some, re-hide, and share on social media. If you have permission from local businesses, you can hide rocks inside, but often rocks are hidden outside where it is easy for a lot of people to have access and find the rocks. The project began on the beach which is a very appropriate place to stash rocks.

5. It promotes random acts of kindness

Painting rocks to give away is a random act of kindness which is where the name comes from. Although rock and shell painting are at the forefront of the movement, other acts of kindness are highly encouraged such as leaving notes or writing inspirational messages on the rocks. The emphasis is on putting others first, paying it forward, and proving it is better to give than to receive.

6. It's fun to see how far your rock can travel

Usually people will write their local Facebook group chapter on the back of the rock so that if you find a South Georgia rock in Australia, you can report back to that group so the person can see where their rock went. Recently a friend shared how her daughter's seashell (painted in Georgia) was found by a little girl at a beach in Florida, and is now headed to England!

7. You can celebrate landmark events

I loved seeing all the Eclipse rocks this week! You can also paint rocks to commemorate local or national events. As long as it's positive, it's game!

8. You can promote patriotism or team spirit

This goes along with point 7. Share school spirit, team spirit, American spirit, or anything that others will share your enthusiasm for!

9. Kindness trumps hate any day

The news is reporting on negative race/political relations everyday but this fun and kindness stuff really resonates with people. If you participate in this activity, you're probably not picking up rocks and thinking, "Gee, I wonder if the person who painted this is conservative or liberal, black or white, or part of a radical group?" You pick up the rocks and take in the design that was created and the nice message that was shared. You'll be thankful that someone else on this earth created something for others like you to enjoy!

10. It's therapeutic

I love the testimonies of people with handicaps who found a purposeful activity and that they can still make a difference too! I love that people have healed from depression and anxiety by having a means to do unto others. I love how painting is just relaxing, plain and simple.

11. It promotes unity

Thanks to this project, people are sharing their art, hobby, and motivation daily on social media within their community and reaching out to other communities around the country and world.

12. It's proof that the little things in life count!

If something so simple can bring together people from all walks of life throughout the country on every continent, what more can I say? The little things count.

Special thanks to the Rock Stars from the Valdosta Rocks Facebook page who contributed pictures for this post.

Cover Image Credit: Facebook

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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