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Sam Berns’ Philosophy for a Happy Life

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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Visitor Comments: 31

(30) Reuven Frank, December 4, 2016 1:32 PM

Such a nice Jewish boy

I'd "encountered" Sam many times in my travels through YouTube and the net. This is the first time I learned that he was Jewish.
Such wisdom, such strength, such courage, such determination.

If Sam's philosophy was way beyond his 17 years, it's because his physiological age was so far beyond. You make a lot of time to think about life and death when they are more concrete entities than abstract concepts in your everyday life.

Sam: Tehei zichracha baruch.

Aishers: Is there any way to get Sam's full Hebrew name?

(29) Anonymous, February 15, 2014 11:41 PM

I truly believe that G-d had assign a very special mission for Sam to accomplish .As much as it painful to all the people who loved and cared for Sam,it was so much goodness that he spread around in such a short period of time that he was around.

(28) Anonymous, January 25, 2014 11:37 PM

Sam CAN change the world

Sam hoped to change the world and indeed, he has. Please convey my sincere condolences to and deep admiration for Sam's wonderful parents who gave their beloved, incredible son all the love and support he needed to achieve so much in his short, but highly impactful, life. In his death, Sam's inspiring philosophy for a happy life is reaching so many people worldwide, spreading far faster than during his lifetime. May this be a source of comfort to Sam's family and friends and may people's lives continue to improve as a result of Sam's shining example of taking responsibility to create for oneself a happy, fulfilled life despite obstacles.

(27) Anonymous, January 22, 2014 10:58 AM


What an inspiration. May his memory always be blessed.

(26) Anonymous, January 18, 2014 11:20 PM


You are truly and inspirational and special person. The world can learn soooo much from you!!! You go Sam and don't let anyone stop you!

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