Uniting Through Kindness

It all starts with one act

Formally recognized in 1995, this seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same. --Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

 

What began as a fun Random Acts of Kindness campaign last year turned into a heart warming sociology experiment.  We made 200 yellow envelopes stuffed with $5, and a note about Random Acts of Kindness. Our team passed these #NobleHourHigh5 envelopes out to people we caught 'in the act' of doing something kind; holding the door open for a stranger, going that extra mile for customer service, neighbors helping neighbors. Having the task of handing out these cards meant we opened our eyes, and looked for moments of good. And you know what we found? Acts of goodness were happening all around us. And Random Acts of Kindness are truly contagious. 

 

Visit our Facebook page to share your #RAKweek2017 or #NobleHourHigh5 photos and to inspire others.

 

Or find ways to get involved in your area, by creating a free NobleHour account today. 

How many times has the elevator door closed just as you arrived? Not today thanks to this lovely lady & her charming daughter! It may not seem like a lot, but holding the door for someone can make their day a little brighter! Thank you!

How many times has the elevator door closed just as you arrived? Not today thanks to this lovely lady & her charming daughter! It may not seem like a lot, but holding the door for someone can make their day a little brighter! Thank you!

The grocery store check out lines were all very long, but this wonderful lady let a shopper with just one item go ahead of her in line! Her kindness gets her a #NobleHourHigh5!

The grocery store check out lines were all very long, but this wonderful lady let a shopper with just one item go ahead of her in line! Her kindness gets her a #NobleHourHigh5!

How many times have you just walked by trash on the floor or on the street? Not this high school student! Not only did he pick up the paper, but he recycled it too! Simple acts of kindness deserve a #NobleHourHigh5

How many times have you just walked by trash on the floor or on the street? Not this high school student! Not only did he pick up the paper, but he recycled it too! Simple acts of kindness deserve a #NobleHourHigh5

Not sure what's more amazing - ice skating in 60 degree weather in Chicago in February or this young girl letting a stranger know that her cell phone was about to fall out of her back pocket on the rink! We think both are pretty wonderful.

Not sure what's more amazing - ice skating in 60 degree weather in Chicago in February or this young girl letting a stranger know that her cell phone was about to fall out of her back pocket on the rink! We think both are pretty wonderful.

RAK Week 2017 was a great opportunity to give a #NobleHourHigh5 to the outstanding security staff at Jones College Prep High School in Chicago. Thank you for watching out for our students & greeting parents with a smile each day!

RAK Week 2017 was a great opportunity to give a #NobleHourHigh5 to the outstanding security staff at Jones College Prep High School in Chicago. Thank you for watching out for our students & greeting parents with a smile each day!

This adorable little girl is non verbal, and has 'sensory issues', but that didn't stop her from cozying up to another passenger. Together the two briefly chatted in sign-language. She squealed with delight when I handed her her very own #noblehigh5.

This adorable little girl is non verbal, and has 'sensory issues', but that didn't stop her from cozying up to another passenger. Together the two briefly chatted in sign-language. She squealed with delight when I handed her her very own #noblehigh5.

Faculty from a local elementary school are out everyday making sure our tiny humans cross the street safely. We LOVE our schools, and our teachers. We can't thank them enough for everything they do!

Faculty from a local elementary school are out everyday making sure our tiny humans cross the street safely. We LOVE our schools, and our teachers. We can't thank them enough for everything they do!

Mary from the University of Chicago is the sweetest table neighbor at the IMPACT Conference in St. Louis. Thanks Mary for being so wonderfully sweet and welcoming!

Mary from the University of Chicago is the sweetest table neighbor at the IMPACT Conference in St. Louis. Thanks Mary for being so wonderfully sweet and welcoming!

We love our WeWork Team! They keep us hydrated, and our office supplies stocked! Thanks for all your hard work!

We love our WeWork Team! They keep us hydrated, and our office supplies stocked! Thanks for all your hard work!

Dex is the kindest and hardest-working barista at developer Steve's neighborhood coffee shop.

Dex is the kindest and hardest-working barista at developer Steve's neighborhood coffee shop.

Answering lots of questions & helping locate a book with a smile gets this librarian a #NobleHourHigh5! He plans to pay it forward and share the kindness! Thanks for the help!!

Answering lots of questions & helping locate a book with a smile gets this librarian a #NobleHourHigh5! He plans to pay it forward and share the kindness! Thanks for the help!!

Just the excitement of opening this envelope was enough for this student! She paid her #NobleHourHigh5 forward.

Just the excitement of opening this envelope was enough for this student! She paid her #NobleHourHigh5 forward.

Getting home from a long day at school and helping your mom carry the groceries upstair and put them away without being asked deserves a NobleHourHigh5

Getting home from a long day at school and helping your mom carry the groceries upstair and put them away without being asked deserves a NobleHourHigh5

A helping hand; after a woman slipped and fell on the CTA platform in Chicago, this young man stopped to help her up and ask if she was okay. 

A helping hand; after a woman slipped and fell on the CTA platform in Chicago, this young man stopped to help her up and ask if she was okay. 

Joe from the Portland Trail Blazers always makes sure the fans have a great time! 

Joe from the Portland Trail Blazers always makes sure the fans have a great time! 

Life is good with caring neighbors. Never take great neighbors for granted! Here's a NobleHourHigh5!

Life is good with caring neighbors. Never take great neighbors for granted! Here's a NobleHourHigh5!

Thanks for making us smile, and never breaking character! Street artists always get a high-5 from us!

Thanks for making us smile, and never breaking character! Street artists always get a high-5 from us!

Celebrating these parents giving their time to their kids' school. Way to help make a difference!

Celebrating these parents giving their time to their kids' school. Way to help make a difference!

Feeling the love of RAK Week from our super friendly grocery staff. Here's a #NobleHourhigh5. 

Feeling the love of RAK Week from our super friendly grocery staff. Here's a #NobleHourhigh5. 

A teen making dinner for her parents, just because! Random Acts of Kindness can start on the street, or in the home.  

A teen making dinner for her parents, just because! Random Acts of Kindness can start on the street, or in the home.

 

It's great having nice, friendly office neighbors! 

It's great having nice, friendly office neighbors! 

Michelle sells her paintings outside our building. Many people from NobleHour know her well. We buy her food, bagels or her favorite; french toast.  At the end of Random Acts of Kindness week, we still had a number of cards left over. What better person than Michelle to receive the left over cards, to help her buy much needed antibiotics.  And lucky Allison, got a beautiful painting out of it! Smiles all around. 

Michelle sells her paintings outside our building. Many people from NobleHour know her well. We buy her food, bagels or her favorite; french toast.  At the end of Random Acts of Kindness week, we still had a number of cards left over. What better person than Michelle to receive the left over cards, to help her buy much needed antibiotics.  And lucky Allison, got a beautiful painting out of it! Smiles all around. 

While stopped at a red light, our St. Louis cab driver handed a dollar out the window to a homeless vet on the side of the road. When we praised him for his good deed he said "in the bible it says when you help others, it comes back to you." We couldn't agree more.

While stopped at a red light, our St. Louis cab driver handed a dollar out the window to a homeless vet on the side of the road. When we praised him for his good deed he said "in the bible it says when you help others, it comes back to you." We couldn't agree more.

It's great having nice, friendly office neighbors! 

It's great having nice, friendly office neighbors! 

Jeffery from Drake University got a #noblehourhigh5 for all his hard work and impact on the community. We love volunteers!

Jeffery from Drake University got a #noblehourhigh5 for all his hard work and impact on the community. We love volunteers!

Waiting patiently while your mom is grocery shopping isn't easy! This shy little guy was an angel while waiting in the check out line! Hope he shares his #NobleHourHigh5 with mom! 

Waiting patiently while your mom is grocery shopping isn't easy! This shy little guy was an angel while waiting in the check out line! Hope he shares his #NobleHourHigh5 with mom! 

Did we mention just how much we love and appreciate our baristas? Brittany is always smiling and happily chats with customers while their orders are being made.

Did we mention just how much we love and appreciate our baristas? Brittany is always smiling and happily chats with customers while their orders are being made.

Stormy and Michelle at Felida Coffee House got a #Noblehourhigh5 for covering the cost of a drink for someone who forgot their wallet. In addition, they ALWAYS go out of their way to cheer everyone.

Stormy and Michelle at Felida Coffee House got a #Noblehourhigh5 for covering the cost of a drink for someone who forgot their wallet. In addition, they ALWAYS go out of their way to cheer everyone.

Who says Chivalry is dead? Not in Chicago where this very kind gentleman opened and held the door for others to walk through.

Who says Chivalry is dead? Not in Chicago where this very kind gentleman opened and held the door for others to walk through.

Race volunteers always deserve a high five! Despite being very cold, and wet, these smiling gals helped tired runners cross the finish line.  

Race volunteers always deserve a high five! Despite being very cold, and wet, these smiling gals helped tired runners cross the finish line.  

These lovely ladies asked if we were college students, so of course we gave them a #NobleHourHigh5! They then paid it forward and gave it to an actual college student who took this photo.

These lovely ladies asked if we were college students, so of course we gave them a #NobleHourHigh5! They then paid it forward and gave it to an actual college student who took this photo.

Ranger always makes us smile. Thanks for always stopping by our office.

Ranger always makes us smile. Thanks for always stopping by our office.

Kindness is everywhere - including by the Cloud Gate sculpture in the Windy City. This Chicagoan stopped during his lunch break to help capture a special picture for two tourists. Little did he know we would be taking a picture of him! He said he would pay it forward to someone on his way back to work!

Kindness is everywhere - including by the Cloud Gate sculpture in the Windy City. This Chicagoan stopped during his lunch break to help capture a special picture for two tourists. Little did he know we would be taking a picture of him! He said he would pay it forward to someone on his way back to work!

This sweet man let our NobleHigh5 member go down the escalator first. Good manners are always an act of kindness.

This sweet man let our NobleHigh5 member go down the escalator first. Good manners are always an act of kindness.

This Tri-Met employee went above and beyond helping commuters during a busy rush hour.

This Tri-Met employee went above and beyond helping commuters during a busy rush hour.

Finding Random Acts of Kindness wherever we go! Thanks Leigha for holding the door open at the Bollywood Theater. 

Finding Random Acts of Kindness wherever we go! Thanks Leigha for holding the door open at the Bollywood Theater. 

Steve from Costco was not only extremely helpful, but cheerful as well. We offered him a NobleHigh5. He politely declines saying he couldn't accepts tips, but did as we pay it forward. 

Steve from Costco was not only extremely helpful, but cheerful as well. We offered him a NobleHigh5. He politely declines saying he couldn't accepts tips, but did as we pay it forward.