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This week: how to maintain motivation when times are tough, things that are more important than money, New Year's resolutions that will save money, four ways adversity makes you a better person, and eight habits for financial success.

1. 8 Habits for Financial Success

[Money Crush] I like to think of myself as financially successful, so when I see an article with a title like the one above, I immediately wonder if I have what it takes.

So what does this author say you need for financial success? Spending less than you earn, being concerned with what things cost, being generous, not being afraid to say no, and valuing hard work, among other things. Check out the post. It’s a good guide to success in many areas of life.

2. 4 Ways Financial Adversity Makes You a Better Person

[Money Rebounds] Unless you won the Ovarian Lottery, you’ve probably encountered financial adversity sometime in your life.

But while problems are never fun, they do serve a purpose. This author suggests that you’ll become a better person in at least four different ways. Adversity will make you stronger, smarter, more compassionate and more appreciative.

Having been down this road myself, I couldn’t agree more. Check out this article, especially if you’re in the midst of a crisis of your own.

3. New Year’s Resolutions That Will Save You a Ton of Money

[Money Q&A] As you’ll soon see, we do a lot of stories about resolutions, from saving more to digging out of debt. So I was interested to see what other writers suggest.

Although this post was written in 2012 in anticipation of this year, the suggestions still ring true. They include quitting smoking, drinking less, going back to school, losing weight, getting a better job, spending less and more.

Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but it does sound like some ways to save some major money.

4. What’s More Important Than Money

[MoneyNing] I’ve been doing TV news stories about finances for more than 20 years, so it’s easy to sometimes give money too much power in my life. This article helped me bring things back into perspective, and probably will for you as well.

We already know what’s more important than money: health, family and happiness. This post makes for good reading, especially now, when we’re in the midst of the ever-more-commercial season we call the holidays. Take a minute and check it out.

5. 9 Ways to Maintain Motivation When the Going Gets Tough

[Wise Bread] No matter how upbeat we normally are, sometimes just getting through another day can be hard.

Next time it happens to you, here’s your article. The advice includes remembering what you love, celebrating small steps, finding the good, and my favorite — taking a deep breath. There’s more. Give it a read.

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