Kindness Shells are a local take on Kindness Rocks.
A painted rock (shell), sometimes called a kindness stone (shell), is simply a rock (shell) that someone has taken and decorated with an inspirational message.
Because of the plethora of shells in the area, we at Balanced You Natural Emporium are spreading joy & positivity through the shells we find while walking on the beach.
This painted shell, called a kindness shell, is simply a shell that has decorated with an inspirational message or joyful picture. They can be any size or shape, as big or small as you like! The point of this stone painting is to sprinkle positivity around our community. The idea is to leave it somewhere for another person to find and enjoy. As we all know, sometimes a simple message of love and compassion can spark joy and brighten someone's entire day.
If you've painted your own shells, it’s time to hide them for others to find! Now, use the term 'hide' loosely; you want someone to actually find the rock. Think of somewhere that gets a lot of foot traffic where someone may notice it. A local park, a bench in town, or outside of a community center are all excellent options.
You can also be more intentional about where you place the rock if you want to be sure that someone will find it. Leave one in the common area of your office building, place one by the bathroom sink at school, or on a teacher's desk. They don't even have to be hidden at all. You can keep them on your desk or dresser for inspiration. Give them as a gift, or hand a rock off to someone that you think could use words of encouragement.
Be considerate when looking for places to put the rocks. Don't leave them at a private residence or business where you don't have permission. National parks are also a no-go as most have a "leave no trace" policy. The purpose of creation is to be kind, so let's be respectful of our environment.
If you've found a painted rock. Now what? Do you take it? First, read it! Take the message to heart, and know that you matter and your happiness matters. Someone else went out of their way to paint that shell for you to find. How cool that you're the one who found it!
Then, if you want to, share the love. Once you've read and enjoyed the message, you can either hide the shell somewhere new for another person to find, or if it meant a lot to you, keep it. All we ask is that if you keep the shell for yourself, that you paint another shell for someone else to find. Think of what the message meant to you. Make sure you help somebody else get that unique feeling too.
By simply creating and sharing positive messages we can all make a difference in our communities.
To learn more or to tell us where you found your shell, chat with us here or come in to the store at 1190 King George Blvd., Savannah, GA (behind Dollar General).