Happy Human

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The Happy Human is an icon that has been adopted as the official international symbol of humanism.[1] Created by Dennis Barrington, the figure was the winning design in a competition arranged by The British Humanist Association(BHA) in 1965.[1] 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).[1][2][3]

The trademark is still held by the BHA, which freely licenses use of the symbol by bona fide Humanist organisations worldwide.[1]

Variations of the Happy Human Symbol[edit]

Organisations using the Happy Human[edit]

The full Humanism logo

Organisations using similar symbols[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Happy Human Symbol". BHA. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Happy Human Symbol". IHEU. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "American Humanist Homepage". Retrieved 2 November 2013.