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Sam Berns’ Philosophy for a Happy Life

January 13, 2014 | by Sam Berns and TED Talks

The 17-year-old Jewish teen died from progeria, a rare genetic disease that causes accelerated aging. He embraced life with joy, following these three principles.

Sam Berns, a Boston-area Jewish teen who was fighting against progeria, a rare genetic disease that causes accelerated aging, died Friday, Jan 10, 2014. He was 17, three years older than the typical life expectancy for children with the disease.

Sam strove to live his life with joy. “Even though there are many obstacles in my life, I don’t want people to feel bad for me.” Listen to his three points on how to live a happy life in this video below that was filmed last month.

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