A good friend of mine, who shall remain nameless to protect her reputation, confessed to me that she would like to control her temper better in the new year. This surprised me. In the years I've known her, she always seems calm and in control.
"Who do you lose your temper at?" I asked. (Not great grammar, but that's how it came out.)
"My husband and my kids," she admitted.
"You could get a goldfish to yell at."
"I wouldn't do that to a poor goldfish."
I started laughing at that response. Then she realized what she was saying and started giggling, too.
Goldfish don't have ears, memories, feelings or egos. And they cost a lot less than counseling.