Monthly Happiness Challenge

What would it look like if happiness at work became as much a regular part of our healthy routine as working out?

HappyMelly_WeeklyChallenge-01At Happy Melly we decided to find out! And we invite you to take part in our experiment that is generated by our members for our members!

Each month we’ll follow a theme, and each week we’ll dive into an underlying topic with a new ‘Happiness Challenge’ focusing on innovative ideas and creative ways in which to implement happiness into our daily lives and our offices. Each themed month will feature:

  • one blogpost a week from a thought leader published on Monday
  • a podcast interviewing an influencer in the area
  • one or more experiments or employee engagement exercises a week to help spread happiness at work
  • tweeting relevant and topical content and sharing on our Facebook
  • a channel each week on the exclusive Happy Melly Slack community dedicated to the topic at hand. Here you’ll share your own experiences with the topic, as well as thought-provoking insights and articles.
  • at the end of each themed month, we will release a workbook to members so they can always follow through on the challenges, take notes, and record their learnings

How can you get involved?

  • Start by joining Happy Melly(if you’re not already, it’s only costs a couple cups of coffee a month!)
  • Join the discussion on Slack
  • Propose an idea for a weekly challenge (any Happy Melly member can spearhead a week!)
  • Write a blog about your experience participating in the challenge or sharing your experiences on the topic
  • Encourage friends to join the discussion on social media

Weekly Happiness Challenge Schedule 2017

Jan. 9-16, 2017: We kick off our month of Entrepreneurship with PERSONAL BRANDING, led by eBranding Ninja Jennifer Riggins
Each day, a 15-minute or less branding challenge, with community feedback.

Jan. 16-23, 2017: BUILDING YOUR STARTUP’S FUTURE by Happy Melly funder and founder of Workshop Butler Sergey Kotlov
Listen to Sergey’s company journey and then read his five lessons learned from a startup accelerator.  

Jan. 23-30, 2017: TRANSITIONAL STARTUP BRANDING led by career-changing consultancy We Love Mondays
Learn some ways you can go from your individual branding to your whole startup branding

In February we will continue counting down the 12 ways to happiness with wellness weeks, focused on Eating Well, Exercising, Getting Rest and Helping Others.

Jan. 30-Feb, 6, 2017: EAT WELL by agile coach and mom Sarah Baca
Read about how to choose nutrition toward happiness.

Feb. 6-13, 2017: EXERCISE by agile coach and pet owner and Taiko drummer Marjan Venema
Learn nine easy ways to exercise for happiness at work.

Feb. 13-20, 2017: OFFERING HELP by agile coach and happiness expert Tomas Kejzlar
Behold the Power of Helping Others.

Feb. 20-27, 2017: REST by Scrum master Nikoletta Tatár
Learn to take a rest to live more productively and happily.

In March, Learning 3.0 will be leading us through a month of changing the way we learn and facilitate learning.

March 6-12, 2017: FIND YOUR OWN ‘SPOTIFY MODEL’ by Learning 3.0 founder Alexandre Magno
Don’t copy the Spotify model. Do copy the Spotify attitude.

March 13-19, 2017: STARTING A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE by Learning 3.0 facilitator João Reis
Starting a community of practices using the learning canvas at Vivareal

March 20-26, 2017: MINDFUL MEETING STARTS by Learning 3.0 facilitator Dan Woodward
Surcharge your learning with mindfulness 

March 27-31, 2017: CREATE YOUR OWN LEARNING TOOL by Yoris Linhares
How to create your own learning tool

In April, Management 3.0 facilitators will be leading us through challenges to improve employee engagement.

April 3-7, 2017: HOW TO HAVE BETTER MEETINGS by Loic Leofold
Stop Inviting. Sell Your Meeting! 

April 10-14: FEARLESS JOURNEY, by Christof Braun
A Fearless Change Management Game

April 17-21: THE FACILITATOR’S JOURNEY, by Ralph van Roosmalen
How Experiments made me a Management 3.0 Facilitator 

My Experience with a Deliberately Developmental Organization 

In May, our challenge weeks will focus on Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness

Dancing with Transition: The Journey Toward Meaningful Work 

May 8-12: SCREENS AND MINDFULNESS, by Paul Holden
Screen addiction and how to beat it

How emotional intelligence (EQ) makes for happier workplaces 

May 29 – June 2: THE ART OF EMPATHY & LISTENING, by Sam Mednick
Why is it so hard to listen? 

In June our challenge weeks will focus on entrepreneurial bootstrapping.

June 5-9: BECOMING UNSTUCK, by Jason Little
Three entrepreneurial bootstrapping tips to get you ‘unstuck’

June 12-16: HOW TO LAUNCH A PRODUCT, by Vasco Duarte
How to launch a product in seven days

Ten WordPress Tips to Improve your Website 

In July, we’ll take you through a month of practical How-To’s.

July 3-7: HOW TO AVOID FRICTION, by Dov Tsal
How to avoid friction in your daily life

Four ways to align your financial goals as a solopreneur 

July 17-21: HOW TO TRUST YOURSELF, by Marjan Venema
How to trust yourself

July 24-28: HOW TO STOP THE BULLSH*T, by Tomas Kejzlar
How to Stop the Bullsh*t?

July 31-4 Aug: HOW TO MASTER THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING, by Jennifer Riggins
How to master the art of public speaking

We’re giving you a challenge break in August. So rest up!

In September our challenge weeks will focus on the last few steps to Happiness

September 4-8: THE ART OF MEDITATION AND TAOISM, by Dov Tsal
Tao-Inspired Agility and meditation 

September 11-15: APPRECIATING NATURE WITH HIKING, by Mila Sanchez
Hiking to Exchange Occupational Burnout for Happiness at Work

September 18-22: THE POWER OF EXPERIENCE, by Paula Cassin
How to motivate employees without any carrots or sticks 

September 25-29: HAPPINESS THROUGH SOCIALIZING by Jason Little
How to navigate organizational social networks 

In October our challenge weeks will focus on time organization and lifestyle balance

October 2-5: COMBATING WORKAHOLICM, by Tom Kejzlar
Dangers of workaholism and how to overcome them

October 9-13: BALANCE WORK AND KIDS, by Tahira Shameem
Can there be work-life balance for parents?

October 16-20: SIDE HOBBIES, by Marjan Venema
Can hobbies make you happier? 

October 23-27: AGILE TO BALANCE WORK & FAMILY, by Loic Leofold
From WSJ to FIAF: Choosing your family activities in an agile happy way

October 30 – Nov 3: BRING YOUR PET TO WORK DAY, by Nick Mckenna
The Work-Life Blend

In November our challenge weeks will focus on Portfolio Careers

November 6-10: BENEFITS OF A PORTFOLIO CAREER, by Sam Mednick
Benefits of a portfolio career

November 13-17: PURPOSE AND CAREER CHANGE, by Rich Visotky
Change your job. Keep your why. 

November 20-24: PORTFOLIO CAREERS, by Manja & Michaelm

November 27 – Dec 1: THE SIDE HUSTLE, by Leanne

In December our challenge weeks will focus on Mentorship


December 11-15: TBD, Loic Leofold

December 18-22: TBD, Tom Kejzlar

December 25-29: Holiday week off

Join Happy Melly today to join in these exclusive weekly challenges filled with community experimentation, feedback and support!

Our 2016 Weekly Challenge Schedule

Each Happiness Challenge week will begin Thursday afternoon and run until the following Thursday. Each week is spearheaded by one or more Happy Melly members who will lead discussions and experiments around the theme.

Sept. 1-8, 2016: PURPOSE, led by Jurgen Appelo, founder of Management 3.0
Read the review of the week, including blog, podcast and video wrap-up here!

Sept. 8-15, 2016: BETTER COMMUNICATION, led by Sam Mednick & Jennifer Riggins, Happy Melly Team
You can still sign the Social Media Positivity PledgeRead the review of the week, including blog, podcast and video wrap-up here!

Sept. 15-22, 2016: HAPPINESS AT WORK FROM ANYWHERE, led by Lisette Sutherland, founder of Collaboration Superpowers
Read four main reasons people choose remote work, listen to Sam interview Lisette in our podcast and learn how member Christian organizes a 100 percent remote software team.

Sept. 22-29, 2016: HOW TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE, led by Andy Cleff, Happy Melly Team
Learn all about ways to say thank you with our blogpost, web chat and podcast.

Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2016: THE ART OF GIVING, led by Patrick Verdonk, Happy Melly Team
Read and join Patrick’s Giving Challenge, then listen to listen to the Power of Giving with Bob Burg

Oct. 6-Oct. 13, 2016: THE AGILE MINDSET, led by Robie Wood, founder of ImprovAgility
Listen and read how to build this agile mindset.

Oct. 13-Oct. 20, 2016: EMPATHY, led by Jason Little, founder of Lean Change Management
Learn how to see things from a different perspective

Oct. 20-Oct. 27, 2016: RESPECT, led by Ryan Lockard, Happy Melly member, lean and agile change agent. 
Dive into this week’s ‘Which came first? Respect or great products?‘ debate

Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2016: FAMILY-LIFE BALANCE, led by Sarah Baca & Durgesh Kumar Mishra, both Happy Melly members and agile coaches
Share your work-life balance tales for the upcoming ebook. 

Nov. 3-Nov. 10, 2016: DAILY HAPPINESS MAPPING, led by Giovanni Battista Pozza, entrepreneur, user experience coach and agile coach
Learn to map your own happiness!

Nov. 10-Nov. 17, 2016: GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, led by Paul Holden, agile coach
Are you ready to enter the uncomfortable zone?

Nov. 17-Nov. 24, 2016: THE HUMAN CONNECTION, led by Christian Delez, agile and lean culture coach
Read about how freedom drives this human connection.

Nov. 28-Dec. 5, 2016: THE ART OF GIVING, PART II, led by Patrick Verdonk, Sam MednickJennifer Riggins, from the Happy Melly team
Read how random acts of kindness reflect company values. And sign up for our bimonthly newsletter and receive the ebook of Giving composed of stories of generosity shared by the Happy Melly community.

Dec. 5-Dec. 12, 2016: TRUST & VULNERABILITY, led by Joshua Briggs, agile coach
Are you ready to experiment with vulnerability

Dec. 12-Dec. 19, 2016: SELF-ORGANIZATION, led by Fabio Frascella, Scrum master & agile coach
How to get started with self-organization

Dec. 19, 2016: Our Month of Giving & Trust’s Wrap-up Chat followed by our Members Only Holiday Party! We’re going to dress festively, play trust games and reflect on a great year of Happy Melly membership! AND DANCE!



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