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The HAPPY HUMAN is an icon that has been adopted as an international symbol of secular humanism . Created by Dennis Barrington, the figure was the winning design in a competition arranged by The British Humanist Association (BHA) in 1965. Various forms of it are now used across the world by humanist organisations of all sizes including the BHA, International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and The American Humanist Association (AHA).

The trademark is still held by the BHA, which freely licenses use of the symbol by bona fide Humanist organisations worldwide.


* 1 Origins * 2 Variations of the Happy Human
Happy Human
Symbol * 3 Organizations using the Happy Human
Happy Human
* 4 Organisations using similar symbols * 5 References


The Happy Human
Happy Human
was created in response to a British Humanist Association competition in 1965, after many years of discussion as to what a logo should look like. After some time without progress, radio presenter Margaret Knight backed a popular movement among the BHA's membership to commission such a logo, triggering publicity officer Tom Vernon to announce the competition. Of the several hundred designs from a number of countries were considered, Dennis Barrington's simple design was favoured for its perceived universalism. Within the space of a few years, the logo had emerged as a symbol of Humanism, not just of the BHA, and was adopted by humanist organisations around the world.

Since the 1990s, humanist groups have taken on looser, more figurative versions of the Happy Human
Happy Human
logo, such as the logos used by Humanisterna (Sweden), Humanistischer Verband Deutschlands (German), Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (Italy), and the European Humanist Federation . In 2017, the BHA, which originated the Happy Human, renamed as Humanists UK and debuted a new, single line-drawing style Happy Human.



Original Happy Human
Happy Human
symbol *

American Humanist Association logo *

European Humanist Federation logo *

Humanist Canada logo *

Former Humanistisch Verbond logo *

IHEU logo *

IHEYO logo (International Humanist Ethical Youth Organization)


* American Humanist Association (US) * British Humanist Association (UK) * Council of Australian Humanist Societies (CAHS) (Australia) * European Humanist Federation * Asociația Umanistă Română (AUR) (Romania) * LGBT Humanists UK * Humanist Association of Ireland (Ireland) * Humanist Canada (Canada) * Humanist Society of New Zealand (New Zealand) * Humanist Society Scotland
Humanist Society Scotland
(UK) * Humanistisch Verbond (Netherlands) * Indian Humanist Union (India) * Institute for Humanist Studies
Institute for Humanist Studies
* International Humanist and Ethical Union * Norwegian Humanist Association (Norway) * Primera Iglesia Humanista de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) * Siðmennt (Iceland) * Swedish Humanist Association (Sweden) * Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (Italy)


* Council for Secular Humanism * Institute for Humane Studies
Institute for Humane Studies


Wikimedia Commons has media related to HAPPY HUMAN SYMBOL .

* ^ A B C D "The Happy Human
Happy Human
Symbol". BHA. Retrieved 2 November 2013. * ^ " Happy Human
Happy Human
Symbol". IHEU. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. * ^ "American Humanist Homepage". Retrieved 2 November 2013. * ^ Whitton, Liam (7 July 2015). "A ‘Clash of Symbols\': 50 years on from the design that carried Humanism around the world". HumanistLife. British Humanist Association. Retrieved 17 August 2015.

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