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

Scott Hamilton & Sebastian Matthews


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.

About Lisa’s guests: 

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 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? 

H-Factor: Where is Your Heart? — Lisa's documentary film 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. 


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