Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy LivesRun Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives (Seal Press; March 2011) is a book filled with nearly 100 candid stories of women who share how participating in a sport and meeting the challenges associated with it, helped them to build greater internal strength and the ability to overcome obstacles in their lives.  Finding a healthy balance between family and self is explored; as are ways to connect with other strong women.

“People don’t come preassembled, but are glued together by life.” — Joseph LeDoux, neuroscientist

The book is filled with everyday and inspirational stories from women and girls of all ages and backgrounds.  They participate in a variety of sports – some team, many individual –  but they all share how the the mind/body connection has helped them cope with sometimes difficult lives.  Not all of the ladies are immediately successful, and their challenges are shared as well as the author’s own experiences.

You’ll likely find one or more of the women you can connect with.  Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives is an inspirational look at women finding time and committing to their own well-being.

Check out this Today Show Segment (video – May 30th)  where Laura Baron, a lifestyle expert joins, the author and Today’s Correspondent Natalie Morales to talk about how women can use sports to gain strength and confidence to overcome some of what live challenges us with.

Author Bio

Mina Samuels, author of Run Like A Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives, is a freelance writer and editor, and in a previous incarnation, a litigation lawyer and human rights advocate. In addition to many ghostwriting projects, her previous books include a novel, The Queen of Cups, and The Think Big Manifesto, coauthored with Michael Port. When she is not writing she might be off doing triathlons, marathons, biking, cross-country skiing, yoga, rock climbing, kayaking, snowshoeing, or hiking in far off places.

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