What is Humanism

What is Humanism?

Humanism is a highly effective approach to human development. It is as concerned with personal development as it is with social responsibility. It is probably the most humane and holistic approach to ethical philosophy humanity has ever devised.

One way to think of Humanism is that it is the practice of putting your reason and compassion into action.

The Values of Humanism

Humanist values are common human values. These are values humans all over the world share. People of every faith background and no faith background, generally agree that these values are important. This is what makes Humanism such a powerful approach to thinking about values in the workplace. It’s a values based approach that is accessible to everyone.

This value wheel from the American Humanist Association lists 10 Humanist commitments. These are commitments we make to ourselves as we try to live responsibly by our values.

  • Empathy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Development
  • Peace and Social Justice
  • Service and Participation
  • Altruism
  • Humility
  • Environmentalism
  • Global Awareness
  • Responsibility

You can learn more about these commitments and what they mean – here: https://americanhumanistcenterforeducation.org/?page_id=14747

The Humanist Approach to Learning

The  Humanist approach to learning is to be flexible, rational, compassionate and responsible. Our goal is to be the best most ethical people we can be but humble enough to understand that regardless of how good we may be, we can always improve.

Humanist Learning Systems programs focus on teaching the three elements of the Humanist philosophy that are most applicable to problem solving and improving our interpersonal relationships which are at the root of most of our problems. The three subjects are:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Compassion Based Ethics
  3. Personal Responsibility.

Our goal is to provide quality programs that will help you learn how to apply your values to every day problem solving and why approaching problem solving with your ethical values front and center yields superior results. We know from personal experience that the more we practice living our values and approaching problems with love and dignity, the more effective we are and the more accomplished we feel.

There is a reason every religion and philosopher throughout history teaches love and compassion. It’s an optimistic way to approach life and it reduces anxiety. The more you learn how to practice it. The simpler life becomes.  The best part, all that is required is  … practice.

The Power of Applied Humanism

The various skills and techniques of Humanism when applied to everyday problem solving create an incredibly powerful and holistic approach to life. When you combine a compassion based ethics with critical thinking and a strong feeling of personal responsibility it changes how you approach life, the universe and everything. While the shift in your thinking will be subtle the implications for how you live your life and relate to other people will be dramatic.

Humanism has arisen in every culture and in every time. Some form of the Humanist approach has always been taught and most of the major teachers and philosophers throughout history were either Humanists or Humanistic in their teachings.

Humanism is such a powerful approach that most life coaches and motivational speakers teach some aspect of the philosophy. The problem is that most of these coaches and teachers are teaching Humanism lite. You don’t get the full impact of the teachings because they omit key elements that make the approach actually work.

Humanist Learning Systems courses are taught by actual Humanists. People who have a full understanding of the philosophy and who can help you better understand how the various aspects of what you have already been taught work together as an integrated whole so that you can better apply your learning and improve your outcomes.

Do I need to be a Humanist to take these courses?


The Humanistic approach taught here is accessible to anyone of any background. Our ethics are common human ethics and the techniques we use to solve problems will benefit everyone. Most people find this approach to be empowering, enlightening and consistent with their core values.  To get a better idea of the approach taught, check out our blog at: http://humanisthappiness.blogspot.com/

The only part of the philosophy that gives people pause is Humanism’s rejection of supernaturalism as a problem solving technique. This is part of our commitment to reality based problem solving which we feel yields more effective results than the alternatives.

What Humanist Learning System courses will do is teach you how to be more fully compassionate and loving in your daily life and in your relationships with others. These courses will teach you the practical skills required to think better about problem solving in general and specifically how to think more critically, realistically and effectively about the problems you face. And finally, these courses will help you learn how to apply your core values, love and compassion, into your decision making so you can feel good about yourself and how you are more fully able to live your values.

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