One thing we all could use is a little kindness and to pass that kindness on. World Kindness Day is coming up this Sunday and if you need a jumpstart on some kindness tips (hey, there's no judging on World Kindness Day) we're here to help. The Random Acts of Kindness website recommends sharing a kind and inspiring quote, either through social media, printing it out and hanging it in a prominent place to inspire others or just shared over coffee. You could make a donation—big or small—to charity or volunteer your time. Check in on a neighbor or offer to babysit for free. Just say hi.
We've pulled ten movies from our library that embody the spirit of World Kindness Day. Some will take you back to the sweetness of a bygone era, while others from the here-and-now will remind you that the hearts and spirits of people are kind.
Anne of Green Gables (1934)
Based on the best-selling 1908 novel of the same name, this enduring classic follows the life of Anne Shirley beginning when she is adopted at the age of 11 by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert and grows up on Prince Edward Island. After starring in this 1934 version, actress Dawn O'Day continued working under the stage name of Anne Shirley. Here she appears with Tom Brown as Gilbert Blythe.
A Christmas Carol (1938)
This story of redemption is a perennial favorite beginning every November. Charles Dickens' ghost tale which inspired a miser to change his life and keep Christmas in his heart all year round seems to bring out the best in all of us. In fact, after publication of the novella in 1843, charitable giving went on a noticeable upswing in Britain. In this photo from the 1938 film, Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginald Owen) gives Tiny a Tim a lift (Terry Kilburn) as they celebrate Christmas.
Cary Grant plays an angel in this 1947 feel-good holiday film. As Dudley (Grant), this suave heaven-sent do-gooder is able to coax wealthy parishioners into helping the poor and funding a cathedral. He even helps save a troubled marriage along the way.
The Secret Garden (1993)
Based on the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel of the same name, this 1993 film beautifully explores friendships that span social classes and the pure hearts of children. Here, Heydon Prowse as Colin Craven and Kate Maberly as Mary Lennox huddle together. The film also stars the formidable Maggie Smith as head housekeeper, Mrs. Medlock.
Set in 19th century Belgium, this poignant film tells the tale of an orphaned Dutch boy fallen on hard times. Always with his faithful dog beside him he has the determination to become a great painter and is taken under the wing of a well-established artist who helps him to fulfill his destiny.
This yuletide comedy is good fun all year long and is the embodiment of World Kindness Day. As Buddy the Elf says, "The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear." Get to it!
Based on the true story of football player Michael Oher (played by Quinton Aaron), The Blind Side follows the future NFL star's life from a homeless teen through his adoption by the Tuohys (Sandra Bullock in her Oscar-winning performance and Tim McGraw) and onto his successful college and pro football career.
After losing her tail in a crab trap, Winter the dolphin (who plays herself!) is sent to a marine rehabilitation center. Friends and family save the one-of-a-kind dolphin by convincing a pioneering doctor (Morgan Freeman) to create a unique prosthetic attachment to restore Winter's ability to swim. In this photo, Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) displays the deep trust the two friends have established, as he places his hand in her mouth.
In this true story, Reese Witherspoon portrays Carrie Davis who helps Sudanese refugees navigate their new life in the U.S. and find employment. Heartwarming, humorous and touching, The Good Lie is a cinematic trifecta for World Kindness Day.
On one day, in one city, the world came together to grant one five-year-old cancer patient his wish. Have some tissue handy.