Meaning and happiness (age 5-7)

‘Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.’

Robert Ingersoll, ‘The Great Agnostic’ (1833 – 1899)

Does life have any meaning? Is happiness the most important thing in life? What is ‘the good life’? Find out why humanists believe we must create our own meanings in life, and why, if this is the only life we have, humanists place such importance on making ourselves and others happy.

Here you can find resources about how humanists believe we should all find our own ways to be happy. For resources for older and more able students about why happiness in this life is so important to humanists see Why is happiness important to humanists?

How can I be happy?
Suitable for: 5-7

Lesson Plans

How can I be happy?

In this lesson students will investigate what makes human beings happy. They will be introduced to the Happy Human, a symbol of Humanism, and learn why happiness is so important to humanists. By ordering and categorising different possible ingredients of happiness, they will investigate the different ways people can find happiness and whether happiness means the same thing to everybody. They will learn how humanists believe that it is important for everyone to find their own way to be happy and that one of the best ways to be happy is to make other people so. Finally, they will decorate a Happy Human with what they think are the ingredients of happiness Download


How can I be happy?



Ingredients of happiness (5-7)

Can students order and evaluate these different potential ingredients of happiness? Download

Happy Human outline

Fill the Happy Human with the ingredients of happiness. Download


How can I be happy?

(Age 11+) A short animation about how humanists believe we need to find our own ways to make our lives meaningful, and that we should make the most of the one life we know we have. Watch

Humanist Perspectives


What is the Happy Human and what does it represent? How do humanists think we can all be happy? Download

Other Resources

Happy Human 50th Birthday

A website celebrating 50 years of the Happy Human symbol, featuring information about its origins, its history, and its presence around the world.

Humanist Perspectives


What is the Happy Human and what does it represent? How do humanists think we can all be happy?


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