Riverside celebrates kindness

Kelsie Stevens | Banner | Ashley Lobos, junior environmental science major, picks up a Kindness rock which reads, “You shine as bright as gold.” This was part of a project called the “Kindness Rocks Project” created by Megan Murphy.

Kindness rocks fills the Riverside community spreading positivity to everyone with just one sentence written on a rock.

These rocks are spread around different cities intended to cheer people up.

Megan Murphy, founder of the Kindness Rocks Project, said she started this project after her parents died in her early 20s, and while she was healing she realized she could help others find healing.

Murphy said she was busy and had little time to grieve after the loss of her parents.

When she finally had time for grieving, she started walking on the beach to search for signs and messages from her parents.

“I would ask for signs like pieces of seaglass. It was kind of something I would play with,” Murphy said. “When I found (the glass) it was the messages from them, it made me feel really happy and that I was connecting with something greater than myself.”

Murphy said she came to the realization  that some  people go to the beach when they are feeling sad or lonely, so she decided to spread positivity to others who need an uplifting message even if they’re not on a beach.

Students at California Baptist University have also encountered these rocks and experienced the positive messages written on them.

Leslie Pelayo, sophomore biochemistry major, said she experienced a solo rock randomly and had no idea what the rock was until she came across the page on Facebook.

“When I first saw the rock, it actually brightened my mood,” Pelayo said. “The message said, ‘It is OK, everything will be OK.’

“A couple weeks after, I came across the Kindness Rocks Project Facebook page and realized what I saw. It made me want to spread positivity myself.”

The Kindness Rocks Project has been implemented in 12 countries, has nearly 79,000 followers on its Facebook page and 18,000 on its Instagram.

Alohi Dong, sophomore biomedical science major, said she  saw the rocks on her explore page on Instagram and it caused her to search for more information about the project.

“There are so many pictures on Instagram of the rocks and of different people from all over the world with smiles,” Dong said. “It is a nice thing to see such positivity spreading throughout the world. Who knew such a small message can go a long way.”

There are thousands of people across the world that are trying to make the world a more positive place, a small kind message can make a difference.

Check “The Kindness Rocks Project” on Instagram.

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