It's a safe bet that Timothy D. Wilson, a professor of psychology at University of Virginia, believes in the power of the pen. Wilson's studies have noted that our emotional well-being is tied to how we recall events - and more importantly, how we reshape our recollections. Some evidence suggests that writing exercises designed to essentially revise a personal "story" (read: self-image) can be life-changing (in a good way).
What the heck. Pull out a pen and a notebook and write your way to a Happy New Year.