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The H-Factor, A Business Guide to Positive Psychology, How Happiness Will Improve Your Bottom Line and Help Your Organization Thrive

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The H-Factor, A Business Guide to Positive Psychology, How Happiness Will Improve Your Bottom Line and Help Your Organization Thrive.

Doug Mason

Doug Mason has over 35 years of experience in corporate consulting, retirement plan and healthcare sales management, and customer service. While working for large companies like Great West, CNA, The New England, and Aetna, he implemented 401(k) and healthcare plans for organizations of all sizes, often meeting with top management–CEO’s, CFO’s and VP’s of Human Resources, as well as, employees from all departments throughout organizations. His experiences with all levels of a corporation have given him a unique perspective of corporate cultures. He has received numerous sales awards and recognition throughout his successful career in corporate America.

Doug has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union University in Alliance, Ohio where he played basketball; he held the career scoring record for over 20 years and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2010 he was inducted into the Louisville High School, Louisville, Ohio Athletic Hall of Fame as well.

Book Synopsis

Most business leaders do not understand the full effect and power that positive emotions can have in their organizations and how employees can actually become happier is often misunderstood. Using scientific research, The H-Factor, A Business Guide to Positive Psychology, concisely explores the history of positive psychology, why happier employees are healthier, live longer and are better, more productive employees, and what thought processes and behaviors can actually help an employee become happier. Some of the research is counter intuitive.

Why readers should buy your book and what will they get out of it after reading it?

Every leader, manager and employee will learn how to be happier and derive the many benefits of positive emotions for themselves and their organizations, such as, better health and lower healthcare costs, longer life, greater productivity, more creativity, better negotiating, stronger team members, and will think more “we than me.”

Why I wrote this book

Two years ago on a family golf vacation, my sister-in-law, Lola Komisin Mason, Ed.D, Director of Organizational Development at Carnegie Mellon University introduced me to the science of happiness. I was immediately intrigued with the research and scientific basis for why some people are happier than others, why positive emotion is important and what actually makes people happier. Some of the findings were counter intuitive to me at first and I was intrigued with how many concrete tangible benefits are derived through experiencing positive emotions on a regular basis. One day while reading some research linking productivity and levels of happiness, it became clear to me that every business leader, manager, supervisor, owner, as well as every employee could benefit from the happiness research. After letting that idea roll around in my head for a few weeks and with some encouragement from my friend Susan Bixler, President and CEO of Bixler Consulting, I decided I needed to write The H-Factor. My goal was to write a book that was concise, easy to read, was based on scientific research and could offer employers and employees some tools for increasing their own happiness levels.

While I think my book is motivational, I did not want to write just a motivational book. I wanted it to be science based so I have included the studies and research upon which I based my conclusions. I also wanted to appeal to decision makers who like facts. The facts clearly show that positive emotions have benefits that far exceed just feeling good.

Until fairly recently, Psychology has been about trying to help people who are experiencing neurosis and psychosis or those experiencing an abundance of negative emotion like anger, sadness, fear, and anxiety. Almost all of the research before 1999 focused on mental illness or on trying to help miserable people to be less miserable.

In 1999, a new branch of psychology was formed which began to study happy, highly functioning people with the goal of determining the benefits of experiencing positive emotion. One goal was to determine whether these benefits could be learned or transferred. The new branch is called Positive Psychology. As my research progressed, I became convinced that all organizations could benefit significantly from the findings. I also strongly felt that it if my book was easy to read and just as important was concise and “to the point” that more people would read and benefit from it.

Some of the findings are surprising to many people. For instance, there are three major categories that can account for almost all of the differences in the level of happiness people routinely experience. The H-Factor, A Business Guide to Positive Psychology explores these categories which are genetics, life circumstances, thought processes and behaviors. How important each of these categories is compared to the others surprises almost everyone. Having this information allows employers and employees to focus on the areas that they can actually control while being aware of the uncontrollable factors.

I also felt I needed to communicate exactly what the benefits are to employees and organizations when more positive emotions are experienced. My view is that these benefits are not well understood within organizations. When a person experiences more of any of the many positive emotions, like joy, hope, awe, gratitude, amusement, interest, curiosity, pride, serenity, inspiration, or love on a regular basis, all sorts of good things happen. Some of the benefits are a longer life(as much as eight years longer), a much healthier life with a better immune system, fewer common colds, fewer incidences of diabetes, heart attacks, and in one study even fewer instances of breast cancer. There are many more health benefits that are outlined in my book. Positive emotions don’t JUST make us feel good, they help us live longer and healthier lives! Happier employees equate to healthier employees who incur fewer healthcare costs which, of course, will reduce expenses. It would make sense to pursue more positive emotion even if the only benefits were a longer, healthier life. However, there are so many additional documented benefits associated with positive emotion. In The H-Factor, A Business Guide to Positive Psychology, I share research showing how happier employees are more creative, more resilient, more loyal, work better in teams, see goals as more attainable, and are more productive.

I have started a blog at and have an active Twitter account The book can be purchased in paperback or as a Kindle ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at my website

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