I'm right now working on an application for increasing happiness in everyday life, inspired by practical teachings in Buddhism about happiness for laypeople.

My question is: What did the Buddha say about happiness for laypeople?

I have found these Sutras helpful:

What else did the Buddha say about happiness for laypeople?. (Is there a compilation of teachings regarding this?)

Grateful for help and with kind regards, Tord

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There is a handy list of linked suttas at this link IV. The Happiness Visible in This Present Life

P.A. Payutto's A Constitution for Living is most excellent & includes the sutta reference for each list.

The Maha-Mangala Sutta is an excellent sutta.

  • Thank you for this! The Maha-Mangala Sutta is a Sutra that i have been looking for for some time (after seeing a translation of it but without any Sutra name)
    – sunyata
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 15:04

If you want to be happy, just give up everything in your mind . What I meant was do not have any kind of attachment to anything, at least try not to have attachments , the lesser the number of attachments the more happy you will be.

Example :

You can have every physical thing in the world , (money , cars, houses etc) but do not have any kind of attachment towards them in mind. That does not mean give up everything and go to be a monk . It means give up everything just from your mind , physically you work with them use them and do everything, but without making an attachment in mind. If you do this , you will be happier than ever ,

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