My Philosophy for a Happy Life – Sam Berns

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Sam berns gave this TED talk at the age of 17, as a high school junior and the public face of a rare disease called progeria. More than just raising awareness for his illness, Sam explains his philosophy for living a life centered on happiness and gratitude that we would all do well to hear.

We Choose How to Define Our Lives

Sam refused to allow his disease to define him and worked to overcome limitations others said he never would. He lived the life he chose to and didn’t focus on his illness and what made him different, but rather his dreams and what made him happy. A gifted speaker, he shares a powerful message in this talk.

In Memoriam: Sam Berns passed away on January 10, 2014. We thank him for the inspiration he provided all of us, a bright flame that will not be forgotten.


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