Small Business Corner
It seems we are living in an increasingly angry society.
People are steaming inside, and it doesn't take much to get them to blow their top!
We Live in An Angry Society
Every other day we see or experience anger that's gotten out of control, for example:
There is nothing wrong with anger in itself - it's a normal, human, emotion.
However it's what we do with that anger which can ruin possessions, relationships and even lives.
The Positives of Anger
Anger can be a great motivator - it can propel you into action, to address injustice or change the status quo.
Or - have you ever found yourself scrubbing the shower, or tackling an overgrown garden bed when something (or somebody) has really ticked you off?!
It's when we allow anger to manifest inappropriately, that it can cause real damage.
Anger And Relationships
It is an unfortunate fact of life, that our nearest and dearest tend to be the ones most often on the receiving end of our anger.
We've all lashed out with unkind words when we are tired, impatient, and have had a bad day, often at somebody who really doesn't deserve to be spoken to that way.
If we are lucky they forgive us and make allowances, but over time it can chisel away at even the strongest of relationships ...
At its worst, anger can result in aggression, violence and trouble with the law.
Uncontrolled anger can also take a toll on our physical health, leading to issues such as high blood pressure, muscle tension, substance abuse, heart attack, and stroke.
Anger Management Counselling
If you sense (or have been told) that your anger is getting out of hand, a psychologist can assist you with:
In anger management counselling at our Gold Coast psychology clinic, we may draw on therapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, conversations of alignment, emotional anchoring, and the use of motivational-insight cards.
In keeping with our holistic approach, we may also recommend:
Truck Assist | Know Your Truck
Truck sales are reaching highs not seen in the past 10 years, representatives of the Truck Industry Council (TIC) have said, but some brands have become markedly more popular in the interim.
Earlier this month, the TIC said first quarter new truck and van sales in 2018 had reached 8,675, eclipsing the record set ten years earlier in 2008, when 8,267 new trucks and vans were delivered.
ATN has compiled data from the monthly reports, building combined first quarter reports from both years.
While it can be argued the data is an arbitrary sample – the results nonetheless show a significant boost in popularity for some, and a marked fall for others.
While Kenworth was the buying public’s favourite in both 2018 and 2008 heavy-duty truck sales, Western Star fell significantly, from 323 vehicles and second place in 2008 to 78 in the first quarter of this year – making it the 14th most popular brand according to TIC data.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz tripled in popularity, from 71 sold in 2008 to 218 in 2018, with Isuzu, Volvo and Scania sales also increasing significantly in the 10 year period.
Large falls were also seen in Freightliner, down from 226 to 104 sold in 2018, and International, down from 132 to 15. Sterling trucks were discontinued in 2009.
Other stand out differences were in the Medium Duty category, with a spike in sales for MAN – 242 in 2018 compared with 8 sold 10 years prior – and in Van sales, with Renault leapfrogging its competition to sell 341 in the first quarter of this year, up from 75 in 2008.
Check out the rest of the data in our graph below - starting with heavy duty trucks.
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