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Memorise this seven-rule formula and you'll have a happy holiday, according to science

James Wallman took his family to Neilson’s Alana Beachclub in Croatia for an experiment
James Wallman took his family to Neilson’s Alana Beachclub in Croatia for an experiment Credit: mark bader
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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