Self-reflection is like life’s GPS. Without it, you can find yourself speeding down the wrong road. “In the short term, you can achieve a goal by determination, being strategic and assertive, having a strong work ethic, and being willing to make sacrifices,” said Melanie Greenberg, a licensed clinical psychologist and the author of The Stress-Proof Brain. “But in the long term, a lack of self-reflection will trip you up. You may get resentful, alienate other people or burn out.”

Daily journaling or blogging, such as the morning pages daily timed writing exercise made popular by Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” or a gratitude journal, as advocated by gratitude researcher Robert Emmons at University of California, Davis.

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