The chlorine stings my eyes. I blink. Shards of sunlight glitter against the chip-tile bottom of the pool. The hem of my faded t-shirt floats upwards, oblivious to the panic and pressure swelling in my chest. White-hot air smoulders and expands behind my pubescent breasts. I can feel my ribs spreading wider and wider, pulling at the seams of my end-of-summer-saggy swimsuit.

The air would push me to the surface if it weren’t for the rigid, uncompromising fingers curled around the neck of my shirt. I wriggle and the fist clenches tighter around the fabric. His knuckles bump against the back of my head. He pushes me down; further from the surface.

A bead of air leaks from my nostril. I tighten the muscles in my neck, trying to create a lock that will keep the air safely in my lungs. My cheeks bag out. Pressurised blood fizzes against the back of my eyes. The light begins to dim and I feel the tickle of bubbles as they trickle out through my mouth, up and across my cheek.

I reach around my neck and peck at the hand.

One. Two. Three.

The hand releases. My feet find the pool bottom and I push up with mouth open; ready to suck in the summer-sweet air. I break the water’s surface heaving and shuddering and gulping.

“Very good.” My brother consults my Christmas-present-stop-watch. “You added another five seconds to your record.”

Happier at Work

In this guide, you’ll go through a step-by-step process to:
•See how staying in this job can be the best road to happiness
•Explore how taking personal accountability will lead to a long and happy career and how you can do it
•Discover the five steps you can take to bring you happiness in the job you have
•Figure out how to apply these five steps to your own situation to increase your happiness at work 

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