While heading south for a long drive, Sharleen and Ron Gillies were headed to say their final goodbyes to Sharleen’s mom when they were involved in an accident in the UK.
As they say, when it rains — it pours.
And naturally, the couple began to panic.
After they made a few phone calls, they were able to arrange a car to the nearest train station in three hours but they were afraid it would not be quick enough.
It was then that a Dean Moore pulled over to check on the couple — and when he understood their predicament, the father-of-one drove them the 200 miles himself — refusing to take any payment.
Gillies, 77, shared:
“I just can’t put into words what that lad did for us.”
“This happened on the Sunday and she died the next day, she died on Monday. If it hadn’t been for Dean there’s a fair chance we would have not got there in time.”
“People get awards for various things and they are just doing their job, whereas this lad, it wasn’t his job, he didn’t know us from Adam.”
Gillies shared that his wife’s mom was unconscious when they got there but Sharleen was able to hold her hand and chat with her before she passed.
Moore, 40, said he was just being a “decent human,” sharing:
“In my head the only thing that needed to be sorted was for them to get from Teesside to Cambridge. It’s the last time they would see the mom.”
“I was just trying to be a decent human because so many people drove past. I was more happy that they got to see their mom.”
“By being kind and giving people your time you can make a bad situation nice by being helpful. I did what any decent human would have done in that situation.”
According to Psychology Today, when we practice random acts of kindness, it is said to have a major effect on our health and well being.
“It releases an energy. We feel better and the recipients of our acts feel better, which then makes them more likely to be kind to other people. It can release neurochemicals that result in a sense of well-being–the “helper’s high”–as Allan Luks and Peggy Payne describe the healing power of doing good. In fact, the neural circuits that are involved in chemical “highs” are the same ones activated by kindness and compassion.”
Being kind can also reduce physical pain.
“Dopamine, serotonin, and endogenous opioids are released by kind behavior. It enhances the release of oxytocin in interactions where two or more people are engaged in kindness behavior. In turn, bonds between those who are kind to one another are strengthened. It enhances both physical and mental health. Many physical ailments are either precipitated by or aggravated by stress. Kindness reduces stress.”
Even watching acts of kindness can have a positive effect on your person.
“The simple witnessing of others being kind can release the same “feel good” chemicals that doing an act of kindness can produce. However, one can yield a greater benefit by being the performer of acts of kindness.”
So get out there and kill em’ with kindness! Your body, brain and heart may just thank you for it.
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