The Art of Mirriam Neal

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Kindcore.

I saw the word floating around Tumblr, and it stayed in my mind for weeks. Kindcore. It was tossed out as a suggestion — ‘hey, what if everyone was nice to each other?’ (Radical, I know) but I couldn’t get the idea of hardcore kindness out of my head. The more time I spend in coffee shops, the more I notice all kinds of people; some of whom seem happy, others who could probably use a hug or a word of encouragement.

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I love writing letters and giving gifts; whether it’s shooting a cool link to a friend or sending a note via snail mail. The knowledge I can brighten someone’s day, or in extreme cases even save a life – this knowledge is ever-present, although some days I feel far less giving than others. (Some days you just want to lock yourself away, eat pizza, and criticize the world; amirite?) The knowledge you can change someone’s outlook, that you can lift spirits and plant a seed of hope – well, if knowledge is power, then we have the power to change lives for the better.

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When it comes to creative endeavors I’m a ‘go big or go home’ kind of person, so I decided to go all-out with Project Kindcore: Hardcore Kindness. I’m starting with envelopes, inside which are notes, tiny gifts, quotes, cards, and sometimes small things for the recipient to pass on to someone else. I have a notebook and supplies to stick in my purse and carry with me – since I firmly believe that the best kind of world domination is kindness (it makes sense in my head, trust me) I can scatter joy and hopefully make people smile (if they aren’t too busy wondering what creepy stalker left an envelope on their chair, thankyouverymuch).

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It doesn’t require much money or many resources – just a little time, a little creativity, a little willingness to do what you can with what you have. I, for one, am excited.

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Here’s to hardcore kindness; may it uplift, encourage, and bless.

 

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