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Ways You Can Better Yourself with Little or No Money.

Updated on March 19, 2013

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It's no secret that times have gotten tough. Not only are hard times affecting us in the United States, but it's gone globally also. More and more people are falling prey to the hardships that life sometimes bring. Unemployment continues to remain high, and jobs are still hard to come by for some. Many people who have jobs have had to take pay cuts, and the rising costs of living are leaving people with less money. Everyone knows that we need money to live and survive. There are many people who believe that having money is the best definition of how successful a person is. I personally find this to be untrue. In this article I'm going to point out a few ways that we can better ourselves with little to no money. Please read on.

Exercise and fitness.

This is probably the best way for us to better ourselves. Many people fail to realize how great of a weapon that exercising can be. Regular exercise can improve our health, prevent certain diseases, and improve our overall well-being. The best thing about regular exercise is that it doesn't cost a thing. Contrary to popular beliefs, you don't need a gym membership to workout. You can exercise right in the comfort of your own home. Popular exercises such as; sit-ups, push-ups, crunches, and jumping jacks don't require any equipment to do. Running, which is another popular form of exercise is another routine you can use for health. All you need is a good pair of shoes, and an area or track to run at. Walking is another low impact and cost effective form of fitness.Taking care ourselves is one of the best investments we can make in ourselves. You can't fully enjoy your life if you aren't healthy.

Reading books.

We've all heard the phrase "Reading equals knowledge, and knowledge equals power". No matter how many times we hear it, it's definitely a true statement that deserves repeating. Reading books are one of the best ways we can improve ourselves. We all have certain talents and things we are interested in. If we take out the time to read about the things we are passionate about, we develop a greater understanding of them. Having a better understanding allows us to take the knowledge we gain and use it to better ourselves and others. One of the best things about gaining knowledge is it's limitless. Once we become more knowledgeable of things we are interested in, the sky is the limit to what can be accomplished with it. Most public libraries are free to use, so checking out books doesn't cost us anything. This is definitely a great way to better ourselves with little to no money.

Develop strong social skills.

The world we live in today is a very social oriented society. The phrase; "It's not what you know, but who you know", is more important more now than ever. Knowing the right people can be a huge factor in getting ahead in life. It's doesn't cost anything to have a conversation with people. Go to events and functions that you enjoy, and just talk to people. You never know who you will meet. You may encounter someone who can help you career wise, or with various other interests you may have. If you don't have strong social skills, try building them up. Developing stronger social skills is something that I'm personally working on getting better at. I'm not saying go and talk to everyone you see, but remember that talking to others can be a confidence booster. Having more confidence in ourselves allows us to face the challenges of life with a more positive outlook.

Try to develop a strong family foundation.

This coincides with having a good social circle. Having a strong family is another asset for being a better person. No matter where you are or where you end up life, it all starts with your family. If you have a great relationship with your family members, you are likely to feel better about yourself. Take time to call up your family members once a week or more. If you live in the same city as them, go visit them. A lot of times when things get tough in our lives, our family members are the ones who can help pick us up. Try to develop and keep a strong bond with your family.

Summary.

It doesn't take much money to better ourselves. If you are an individual with little or no money, don't give up on yourself. It's true that we need money to survive, but no amount of money defines who we are as a person inside. Improving our overall well-being goes beyond how big our bank accounts may be. Lets focus on bettering ourselves physically and mentally. By doing this, we can greatly improve our chances of changing our lives around for the better. Thanks for reading.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      @LauraD093, I'm going to get you motivated if it's the last thing I do lol. Thank you for reading and commenting :)

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      @Annette Hendley, Thank you very much Annette. Your words about the fast evolving world are so true. Thank you for providing feedback here :)

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      @LisaMarie724, Thank you much ma'am. I agree with you about reading. It's a very valuable tool.

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      I hate that you put fitness first lol I just can't seem to motivate recently to do my work-out sigh... voted up and useful.

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      Annette Hendley 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Great one Brad. The world is evolving so quickly if we don't adapt we will be left behind. Voted up and useful.

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      Lisa Stover 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Great tips. I love reading so I was happy to see that included on your list.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much carol7777. I really appreciate you :)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of good thoughts and feelings shared here.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      I agree totally with you Doc. Thanks for reading :)

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Your articles are always very encouraging. Networking is a great way to connect with other professionals. You just never know who you will meet.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks a lot Kev! I agree with you that it's a worldwide thing. I think a lot of people don't have the knowledge and skills to adapt to making themselves better when hard times hit. That's one of the reasons I wanted to write this. Thanks again sir. You're the best :)

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      Arren123 5 years ago from UK

      Super Hub, yeah I think that almost everyone world wide are being effected by lost of jobs and lower wages. It's great to know even with very like money you still can get the best out of this world :) Voted up and tweeted :)

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much for the kind words and taking out the time to read.

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      mphsglo 5 years ago

      Very good advice. Basic common sense activities that don't cost much of anything.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you very much formosangirl for your comment and feedback. It's very appreciated my friend :)

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Prospectboy, you make some very good points in your hub. These are all good advice that my children could use, too.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      @EyesStraightAhead, Thank you for viewing, reading, and commenting. I agree totally with you that effort is required when it comes to these things. Unfortunately some people aren't willing to put in the effort. Thanks again for your feedback.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      @Ana Teixeira, I agree with you totally regarding exercise. It's definitely one of the best investments we can make in ourselves. Thanks for reading and giving your feedback. It's much appreciated.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      @Pascale1973, Thank you very much for your feedback. It's much appreciated ma'am.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      @AudreyHowitt, Yes reading is definitely a great thing. Thanks for reading.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      @musclequest, I'm glad reading this gave you a bit of motivation, and I think you very much for taking out the time to read.

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Good advice. It is true that none of these things takes money...just effort. Effort well spent in every case. Thank you for sharing!

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      Ana Teixeira 5 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

      Voted up. No doubt. Great advice. Exercise is definitely one of the best ways to be a healthier and happier individual! I'll be following your hubs

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      Pascale Skaf Saliba 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      NICE, I'm following your hubs and will try to follow your advice...voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      It is always good to hear this again! I love books and read all the time--

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      musclequest 5 years ago from Johannesburg,South Africa

      I really enjoyed reading this hub,it emphasized what I alreadyy know but just gave me that bit of motivation again to try harder and get myself out there.I sometimes find myself relaxed and in a comfort zone.thanks for the nice hub.