Monday Movie Series

Philosophy for a Happy Life

This week on Monday Movie series introduces us to Sam Berns.  Same Berns was born with a disease known as progeria.  He helped film his own documentary as well as speak about his philosophy for a happy life on a TED talk.  His parents, both pediatricians, began the Progeria Research Foundation after they received Sam’s diagnosis.  Sam had the honor of dropping the ceremonial first puck for a hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He and the Bruins captain, Zdeno Chára, became long lasting friends beginning in 2006. Sam Berns left this world January 10, 2014.  He was 17 years old.  Before the Boston Bruins game began on January 14, 2014, they honored Sam with a moment of silence as well as a video tribute.

Progeria is an extremely rare genetic disorder that presents itself with symptoms of accelerated aging.  The life expectancy for those with progeria is approximately mid teens to early twenties.  Symptoms are usually recognized during a child’s first few months of life and can include a localized scleroderma-like skin condition.  As they age out of infancy, specific symptoms arise such as a distinct appearance of a small face, shallow and recessed jaw, and a pinched nose as well as full body hair loss and wrinkled skin.

Below I have included the TED talk where Sam gave us his thoughts and ideas on happy living.  He shares with us three points that I believe exhibit his wisdom, strength, tenacity, and perseverance.

Sam Bern’s Philosophy for a Happy Life

1. Be okay with what you ultimately CAN’T do, because there is so much you CAN do.

2. Surround yourself with people you want to be around.

3. Keep moving forward.

Further Resources

Life According to Sam Documentary (subscribe first)

Progeria Research Foundation


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