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My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic

Sam Berns was an American teenager who suffered from a rare disease called progeria.  Sam was one of about 250 children suffering from the disease worldwide and dedicated his life to increasing awareness about the disease.  His mother and father, both pediatricians, established the Progeria Research Foundation, while Sam’s charismatic personality allowed for the creation of his HBO documentary Life According to Sam.  By putting his life on display, Sam was instrumental in bringing around mainstream recognition of the disease.  The video below is Sam’s speech for the TED foundation, where he shares his philosophy for a happy life. Watch by clicking the play icon:

Though he speaks through the experience of having a rare disease, his words can be applied to people of many different walks of life.  How do you feel about his approach to happiness?

Sam passed away on the 10th of January, 2014 at the age of 17, but his words and life work continue to thrive.


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