More important than a 'gut check' might be a thought check carried out at regular intervals. Say to yourself: what is the quality of my present thoughts? Positive or negative? Ennobling or degrading? Useless or useful? Where are they drifting? What is their likely issue? Conducive to happiness or to ever more negativity and misery for myself and others?
Why might this be useful? Because thought is the seed of word and deed.