It’s easy to get lost in the jungle of websites on the web offering testimonials, quick fixes, nutritional supplements, books, and e-books that promise to help users lose weight, stop smoking, or become a millionaire in 30 days or less. If you’re looking to improve your life, whether by improving you health, finding a better job, or even cleaning your house the following list of websites will have a resource to help you reach your goals.
Some of these sites may offer products for sale or be supported by advertisements but none of them are selling fad diets or vitamins that help you quit smoking. These self-improvement websites all offer free membership or have enough free content available to be worth noting.
http://www.quitnet.com – One of the most popular (and most frequently broken!) New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking. If you want to improve your life, quitting smoking is a great place to start, but also one of the most difficult addictions to kick. QuitNet.com is there to help. A free membership gives users access to support groups, self-assessment tools, calendars that chart progress, and the opportunity to support and chat with other quitters.
http://www.43things.com – We all know that one of the best ways to reach your goals is to make a list of the things you want to accomplish. 43things.com challenges members to make a list of 43 Things they want to accomplish – anything from mowing the lawn to getting a PhD. Find other people who want to reach the same goals as you, document your progress and see how others have reached their goals.
http://www.fitday.com – Another popular self-improvement goal is to lose weight. FitDay.com helps members keep track of their eating habits and analyzes daily nutrient intake. FitDay.com also offers tools to analyze health and weight loss, calendars to track progress, and articles on nutritional education.
http://www.beliefnet.com– Spirituality is as important to self-improvement as losing weight or quitting smoking may be. BeliefNet’s vision is to provide an all-inclusive resource that encourages spiritual well-being no matter what your chosen faith may be. Articles, e-mail newsletters, daily quotes, prayer circles, and message boards are available for a variety of faiths.
http://www.solveyourproblem.com/ – SYP is a portal that links to thousands of sites and articles on a myriad of self-improvement issues – everything from raising a confident child to kicking a caffeine addiction. An enormous resource supported by text-only ads.
http://www.smallstep.gov – The U.S. Department of Health and Human services has put together the Steps to a Healthier U.S. initiative in an effort to fight ‘s growing obesity problem. This site offers e-mail newsletters, tips, and recipes that promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle.
http://www.betterwayz.com – This site’s goal is to “help you to improve your life in any way it possibly can.” A nice collection of self-improvement articles and pep-talks on subjects ranging from weight loss to fighting depression to living your dream. Supported by advertisements but all site content is free of charge.
http://www.gratefulness.org – Studies have shown that grateful people are happier than those who do not appreciate the blessings in their lives, no matter how small. Gratefulness.org calls itself a Network for Grateful Living, providing links, message boards, and articles dedicated to gratefulness as the core inspiration for personal change.
http://www.flylady.net– Between a career, a family, and just having a life in general, it can be easy to become unorganized and cluttered, particularly at home. Fly Lady’s mission is to give everyone simple, practical tools and routines for life improvement – from clearing clutter to organizing everything under the sun, menu planning, and even loosing weight. Members join a free e-mail group that sends out daily reminders to perform tasks that slowly lead to an organized, uncluttered life.