Self-help author James Wallman puts his own checklist, based on decades of university research, to the test with his family in Croatia
Underwater, the wrong way up, I had a rope wrapped around my feet and ankles. With one hand, I struggled to loosen the rope. With the other, I paddled hard, desperate to avoid anything that might come crashing down on top of me.
It was then that I had the strangest sensation. There, upside down, underwater, I realised I was smiling – inside, of course, or I’d have ended up with a mouthful of salt water.
Moments later, I was free of the rope, upright again, my legs treading water. My head was in the sun, my upturned boat bobbing next to me. And then I smiled properly.
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