Random Acts of Kindness
It’s #RandomActsOfKindness day! At Ben’s Bells, our mission is to teach individuals and communities about the positive impacts of intentional kindness and to inspire people to practice kindness as a way of life. What does intentional kindness have to do with random acts of kindness? The person receiving the kindness might consider it random, or you might do something kind without knowing who the recipient will be, but your actions are done with intention and can have a profound impact. Examples include saying hello to a stranger, leaving a kind note for someone to find, or thanking an educator or healthcare worker.Humans experience the world as social creatures and rely on each other to survive and thrive. Developing awareness of others and how we impact our communities allows us to do kindness better. By bringing awareness to our thoughts, words, and actions we cultivate healthy relationships and create kinder communities. There are many ways you can practice kindness:
- Share Your Story – Click HERE to share your random act of kindness with us & make sure to pin-drop your city.
- Kind Notes – Send your loved ones, friends, co-workers, etc. a virtual kind note.
- What is Kindness? – Reflect on what kindness means and how you plan on incorporating it into your life consistently
- Join the #BeKindChallenge – Our “be kind challenge” can be done from anywhere and is a motivator that helps us do kindness even better, so we invite you to join us now!
- Paint Rocks – Read Kristen’s story below where she shares a picture tutorial on how to paint a ladybug and how painting rocks & leaving them in random places for people has helped her practice intentional kindness. You can follow Kristen on Instagram @itrocks2bekind.
In August 2019, after having a bad day, my friend Belina found a rock outside the downtown YMCA. She was leaving work and found it hiding in the plant outside the front doors. After discovering it, she turned around to come back in and show it to me. Right then, I could see how it had immediately changed her entire mood. The rock was tagged with #HideTucsonRocks – which led us to the Facebook group “Hide Tucson Rocks.” The group was created to locally showcase the rocks and artists in the Tucson area. They adopted the principles of “The Kindness Rocks Project” where their mission is that “one message, at just the right moment, can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life.” Having seen the change it had on my friend, I knew then that I wanted to give this gift to everyone I possibly could.
Personally, I have always been artistic and consider myself to be quite crafty. I absolutely love the concept of painting and hiding rocks because it gives me a little creative outlet and to say I became obsessed is a slight understatement. However, I did (and still do) find myself becoming overly critical of my work and my failing attempts at perfection. In those moments, I am forced to remember the real message behind this movement. These rocks are not only a gift to those who receive them, but also to myself. It teaches me to practice intentional kindness – and to not be so hard and demanding of myself. And if I am being honest, I think that kindness is one of the most underrated gifts we can give, not only to each other, but to ourselves as well.
It can be difficult to reflect and put into words how much all of this has really meant to me. I have met some of the most lovely people though this group, from the fellow artists to the employees at the local art supply stores. I have had people take my rocks to other states (like CA, CO, and PA) and some ask me to make special rocks for loved ones. I am just eternally grateful that this came into my life and is a part of who I am as a person now.