How to Sign "Happy" in Sign Language

With this sign, there’s no way it won’t add a bright and uplifting dimension to conversations, spreading positivity and creating connections.

Signing “Happy”

  1. Hand shape: Form your dominant hand in an “open 5” handshape.
  2. Hand location: Place your dominant hand across the center of your chest.
  3. Movement: Move your hand in an upward, sweeping motion against your chest.
  4. Facial expression: Maintain a joyful and radiant facial expression, reflecting genuine happiness, joy, and positivity.


This sign has the potential to positively impact mood. It’s scientifically proven – we’re kidding! But beyond toxic positivity, we hope that when you use this sign, you think of us and you feel some positivity from our team to yours.

Learn how to sign other emotions!

happy | sad | angry | scared | excited | nervous | calm | jealous | hungry | thirsty

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