Here's a direct quote from the book regarding what her definition of exuberance is.
"Exuberance is an abounding, ebullient, effervescent emotion. It is kinetic and unrestrained, joyful irrepressible. It is not happiness, although they share a border. It is instead, at its core, a more restless, billowing state. Certainly it is no lulling state of contentment; exuberance leaps, bubbles, and overflows, propels its energy through troop and tribe."
I'd agree with that definition in regards to myself. I'm that type of person. I think others, in my life, both off-line and on-line would agree with those words to describe myself.
But with that exuberance, in me, comes a price. One negative word and the balloon can be pricked. Deflated for a bit, and then pumped back up. A mistake made can deflate ones opinion of oneself, and yes, dust off the knees and try again.
"One joy is worth a 1000 sorrows" is a Chinese saying. Ted Turner said once "a leader is one that creates an infectious enthusiasm". Yes, I can see that I do that in some. Others are turned off by my ebullient personality. C'est la vie.
DNA discovery was done by Watson and Crick. Excerpt from book here
Crick wrote later that Watson "just wanted the answer, and whether he got it by sound methods or flashy ones did not bother him a bit. All he wanted was to get it as soon as possible."
"Shield your joyous ones"