My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic

  • Published on Dec 13, 2013
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    Just before his passing on January 10, 2014, Sam Berns was a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Life According to Sam, which premiered on HBO on October 21, 2013, 2 days before his 17th birthday.
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  • Szymon Szewczyk
    Szymon Szewczyk Day ago

    More then his death depressing, is what's heart-warming. It's the fact, that even though many would've not given him the chance to be born, he was born, and despite obstacles, he had his chance to feel how life is. Kudos to this wonderful life motivator.

  • mohamed almatmati

    i cried when i read the description ..

  • Conroy Penner
    Conroy Penner Day ago

    Another person who left out the most important information.
    Read the Authorized King James Bible for the truth from God.

  • Bulangenddd
    Bulangenddd 2 days ago

    Very inspiring, thank you for sharing and advise.

  • dave88_
    dave88_ 2 days ago +1


  • Nerswan*khaklary Khaklary

    It's very rare that we hear of such a young guy giving a great positive response to a life. We are blessed that he can change the life of people. He teaches a good lesson, and pretty much optimistic outfit. Thanks to the TEDx company organization.

  • Riri Knowlage
    Riri Knowlage 3 days ago

    Sam Berns! You are the best teacher.

  • spy creative
    spy creative 3 days ago


    PASCAL SWARTJES 3 days ago

    Braver then me....thanx for your positive influence man

  • Mazilyn Mccloud
    Mazilyn Mccloud 3 days ago

    rip my your soul rest in peace

  • Kevin Carey
    Kevin Carey 3 days ago

    man this is one strange disease....terrible condition :(

  • Jack O'lantern
    Jack O'lantern 3 days ago

    This bro now in heaven, but he just keep moving forward. He god now.

  • Mesfin Mulugeta Woldegiorgis

    You are already a brave, genius and superman

  • the ragnarok
    the ragnarok 4 days ago

    Rest in peace🙏

  • shivali khan
    shivali khan 4 days ago +1

    Some people are born for other ......he is perfect example .... sometime something puts question mark on the existence of GOD.....ends with big WHY

  • Shakti Singh
    Shakti Singh 4 days ago


  • JacK Ü Gaming
    JacK Ü Gaming 4 days ago

    Such a happy from my heart

  • Saurabh Singh
    Saurabh Singh 4 days ago

    you are very motivating my friend

  • Tereza Hardtová
    Tereza Hardtová 4 days ago

    I am skaut

  • Barirah Fatemah
    Barirah Fatemah 5 days ago

    Rest in peace young hero

  • Naeem Ahmed
    Naeem Ahmed 5 days ago

    G gg.

  • pietrekpanH
    pietrekpanH 5 days ago

    and i tryed suicide wtf is wrong whit me ? :(

  • Helen Perdita
    Helen Perdita 5 days ago

    awesome.really inspiring

  • Afif Islam
    Afif Islam 5 days ago

    I can't understand who's it and I can't match. ......then others

  • Esha Khan
    Esha Khan 5 days ago

    The 13k dislikers are proved that they have not a heart

  • joemiknor
    joemiknor 5 days ago +1

    the lack of dark humor in the comment section is disturbing.

  • Nora Keeling
    Nora Keeling 5 days ago

    I’m from Foxborough and he’s definitely not missed. Our families used to be friends. Miss ya Sam!

  • Keshav Sinha
    Keshav Sinha 5 days ago +1

    Sound like girl bht in real looking similar to boy who agrees 👍👍👌👌

    CAT FISH 5 days ago

    Is this a scene from Star Wars?

  • Jayant adani
    Jayant adani 6 days ago +1

    The guy onē of them who don't think abt any problem he have genuine thoughts at age 17 RIP

  • hwa0i
    hwa0i 6 days ago


  • Paweł Matukiewicz
    Paweł Matukiewicz 6 days ago

    Lord Voldemort?

  • Hajra Hera
    Hajra Hera 6 days ago +1

    He is cute

  • Visto che
    Visto che 6 days ago +2

    Should be mandatory for all high schoolers to watch at least once a year, to remind them that life sometimes 'sucks' but you CAN rise above it.
    His philosophy should be taught!
    He was having trouble with Breathlessness toward the end. It must have been tough trying to speak for that long. Well done brave young man...and yes you are brave. You faced it and you won! It did not defeat you!
    God grant you ever lasting happiness. You deserve it!

  • 梅文臣
    梅文臣 6 days ago +1


  • Basti Blumenkraft
    Basti Blumenkraft 6 days ago


  • op easy
    op easy 7 days ago

    I HOPE HE NEW JESUS!!!!!!!!

  • Young Truth
    Young Truth 7 days ago

    He got His message out before transitioning. Job well done! Sam will live forever through this video.

  • regan aryjona
    regan aryjona 7 days ago

    How to be happy .. ?

  • Matt Blaise
    Matt Blaise 7 days ago

    He's so beautiful

  • Nebahat Hasanova
    Nebahat Hasanova 7 days ago


  • Dark Lady
    Dark Lady 8 days ago +12

    It sounds like he wanna cry but trying to hold down emotions

  • Jomarie Moscosa
    Jomarie Moscosa 8 days ago

    RIP angel! 😔 thank you for inspiring Us!! Specially those people who dont have Confidence to themselves!! Ur such a Blessing to this world! 😍😘

  • rifaz ch
    rifaz ch 8 days ago

    He taught us that to be confident for who you are

    BRIGHT SKY 8 days ago

    Defined the positive Life

  • puneet sidhu
    puneet sidhu 8 days ago

    love u

  • Joy O
    Joy O 8 days ago

    JESUS is lord

  • Öznur Yılmaz
    Öznur Yılmaz 8 days ago

    Konuşmanın Türkçe çevirisi yok mu aceba🙄🙋‍♀️

  • Linh Hữu
    Linh Hữu 9 days ago

    tôi cảm thấy mình thật may mắn , nhưng tôi chưa biết trân trọng nó

  • Mehakdeep Singh
    Mehakdeep Singh 9 days ago

    He is gods person

  • HeD LiNe
    HeD LiNe 9 days ago +5

    No one: nothing
    TVclip recomandation in 2020:

  • Ornella Pinzan
    Ornella Pinzan 9 days ago +1

    It is great to see how a strong family, committed and proud of their children. That helps to avoid any illnesses, syndromes and depressions, because a close family can fill children with love, patience, self-esteem and acceptance.
    Thanks to Sam's parents, he was able to grow up doing what he really likes, accepting his limitations and simply being happy.
    Such stories must be shared in the world so that we value and empathize with those around us.

  • Ruby Perez
    Ruby Perez 9 days ago

    This kid was ahead of his time

  • I.J.S Creations
    I.J.S Creations 10 days ago

    Who is he?? Is he died??

  • Kwan Mah
    Kwan Mah 10 days ago

    he such a great speaker. I love him. Rest in Peace Bro.

  • Gaurav
    Gaurav 10 days ago +1

    such a great personality. he was a real superhero and no doubt a superstar 👍👍👏👏👏

  • Conceptual Chemistry555

    Love u man 😢.

  • Suraz Khadka
    Suraz Khadka 10 days ago

    I love the way you speak friend..♥️

  • Чиканэ Чиканович

    А кто это такой??

  • Unique style corner
    Unique style corner 10 days ago

    తెలుగు వారు like వెయ్యండి