In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor discusses that sometimes common sense is not always common practice. Mr. Achor, who gives speeches at fortune 500 companies, has had someone tell him that being happy is common sense and you do not need to change your ways to be happy. As it turns out, that person was the least happy person at that company. One of Mr. Achor's biggest points is ".the more you believe in your own ability to succeed the more likely it is that you will." Although, not all people can contain the ability to believe that they will succeed. In The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine,Tyler clearly does not possess this ability. Daniel Pink discusses in his novel Drive that human motivations are not always as clear as we may think they are. Pink says that we do not always motivate ourselves to be happy, yet we are motivated by incentives such as money. Also, Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element shows us how incredibly important it is to find what our passion and follow it. The passages from the novels included, all easily relate back to The Happiness Advantage as the subtle underlying theme to them all is finding the motivation to obtain happiness, success, and your true passion.
First, the excerpt from The Price of Privilege about a teen named Tyler discusses how a child teen who has it all can feel depressed and lost. This text contains quite a few text-self references. Often times, children and teens from privilege do not realize what they want and what actually makes them happy. Parents try to live vicariously through their children trying to make themselves happy and the child never has the time or motivation to find a true passion that they can follow to make himself or herself happy. Tyler even stated in a session with Levine, "I have everything a kid could ask for, but I'm not really interested in much of anything. I'm just kind of going through the motions, trying to make my parents proud.