Rise Up: Reaching for Resilience in Challenging Times with Scott Hamilton & Sebastian Matthews

Original Air Date Wednesday, February 17, 2021 

We all have the freedom to be happy or the liberty to be miserable with every new day. Suffering and challenges are occurrences we all experience. Some people prove to be resilient during difficult times, like this pandemic, using their unique perspectives to rise up and turn struggles into opportunities. Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with ever-ebullient Scott Hamilton and resilient Sebastian Matthews about they are the embodiment of a phoenix rising. Award-winning Figure Skater, Scott Hamilton describes why he created the Live Your Days Campaign and how he hopes the program will encourage resilience and strengthen emotional fitness in the world. And Writer, Sebastian Matthews details the life-altering accident that led him to author two books about the importance of examining our values.


Scott Hamilton — Live Your Days:

  • Scott describes what it means to him to show up and live his life after his third brain tumor diagnosis. [1:08]
  • How to train for emotional fitness through the mantra ‘succumb, adapt, evolve’. [6:25]
  • The Live Your Days podcast is filled with guests who have incredible stories of resilience and redemption. [17:54]
  • We all have permission to live our dreams and be the best we can be. [24:22]

As the most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards, and honors including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, and membership to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. After losing his mother to cancer, then becoming a survivor himself, Scott turned activist, launching the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education, and Survivorship). Scott recently launched Live Your Days — a call to being present and not letting day after day pass, just going through the checklist of life.


Sebastian Matthews — Resilience after a challenge:

  • Sebastian details the accident that triggered PTSD and what he discovered about humanity during his journey. [30:59]
  • Writing his two books helped Sebastian to process the accident and document his being triggered in a triggered world. [36:56]
  • Major accidents or illnesses can make people self-involved out of necessity. [41:32]
  • What Sebastian and his wife learned from his teenage son after the accident. [45:26]
  • New routes are available to people when they open up to others. [50:44]

Sebastian Matthews is a poet and writer living in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and son. He teaches at several colleges and universities. He is the author of a memoir, two award-winning poetry books, and one novel.

Book: Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State

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Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life A boot camp manual for greater emotional fitness. Happiness waits for no one and sometimes we all need support. What is getting in the way of your happiness right now? 

HFactor: Where is Your Heart? — Lisa’s documentary film that explores the journey of human happiness. Emotions are contagious and happiness is a universally desired state. We tend to forget we all have the freedom to be happy or the liberty to be miserable each day.


Each day we have the freedom to be happy or the liberty to be miserable. @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
We have a choice to be the hero of our own lives. @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
Ultimate freedom is in our hearts and minds. @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
During these crazy times we are living through, people need to stop and turn off all the noise for a minute and invest themselves in themselves. @liveyourdays_ on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
When your life is up against the wall you can collapse or come out swinging. @liveyourdays_ on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
Our bodies are fragile and vulnerable to a lot of things and incredibly resilient but ultimately temporary. @liveyourdays_ on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
Nobody ever talks about the one thing we have in common. The one thing we will all experience, and that is suffering. @liveyourdays_ on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
Think of the best decision you can make at any given moment and make that decision. @liveyourdays_ on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
You are in control. Take ownership of today and make it special. @liveyourdays_ on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
You have to move through pain and challenge. You have to be tough and persevere and ask for help. — Sebastian Matthews on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
I couldn’t tell my triggers from what was going on in the world around me. — Sebastian Matthews on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
When you have to recover from a major accident or cancer you get self-involved by necessity. — Sebastian Matthews on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
I hope my book 'Beyond Repair' becomes part of a deeper conversation. — Sebastian Matthews on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet



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