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How to be Happy in a Relationship? Relationship Rules & Myths #Guestpost by Ravish Mani

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The guestpost for this month is by Ravish Mani, a blogger with whom I’ve had interesting conversations and discussions over various topics. I enjoy his sensible take on deep and complex issues. Today he’s sharing with us his ideas about what makes a happy relationship and how you can be part of one.

How to be Happy in a Relationship? Relationship Rules & Myths

Before revealing the ways of how to be happy in a relationship, I’d like to tell you about the greatest myth that love is essential for happiness in a relationship. Love is not at all required for a healthy relationship. In fact, love is the end of relationship.

As per the dictionaries, relationship is defined as the way in which two or more people or things are connected. The minimum persons required to form a relationship is two, but there’s no place for two in love. Kabir said, “The path of love is very narrow, it cannot accommodate two.”

Relationship Rule #1: Don’t confuse relationship with love

Majority of the relationship problems could be solved with the basic understanding that being in a relationship doesn’t mean being in love.

Relationship and love are two different things. Relationship is bidirectional while love is unidirectional. Most of the time, the love that we talk about and share in our daily life is not love in its true sense but a kind of relationship.

True love is unconditional, but the love we experience on daily basis is based on conditions. It’s mostly the desire of being desired. We value those who make us feel valuable. We indulge in some kind of exchange to satisfy our ego. Love is not the business of exchanging desires but a feeling of caring without any reason.

Relationship Rule #2: Choose your relationship conditions wisely

Love is boundless, but relationship is bound by conditions. We choose the conditions of our relationships, knowingly or unknowingly. So, it’s better to choose them wisely to be happy in a relationship.

Before entering into any relationship, know the purpose of the relationship very well: Why is this relationship needed? What are the objectives of this relationship? What are the expectations of this relationship? What are your responsibilities in it? What are the hard limits? What are the tell-tale signs of not-working relationship? When and how do you want to end this relationship?

Partners should be clear about their roles in a relationship to enjoy it fully.

Relationship Rule #3: Evaluate short-term as well as long-term objectives

Most often, it happens that you see a potential mate and propose. Soon, you start dating and decide to marry your date. Suddenly, after marriage, you find that everything has changed, and you’re thinking whether you’re blind or the person has changed.

Well, neither you’re blind nor the person has changed. The only thing that has changed is the nature of your relationship. The objectives and expectations of a dating-relationship are entirely different from a marriage-relationship. So, whenever you’re planning to enter into a relationship, evaluate and discuss the short-term as well as the long-term objectives with your partner, carefully.

Relationship Rule #4: Form relationship with those who share your beliefs and values

It’s often said that trust is essential for a successful relationship, but it’s never stated how to trust someone. Could you trust a stranger?
I’m pretty sure that nobody trusts a stranger, but what’s the definition of a stranger? Any citizen of your nation within your country is a stranger if you have never met him before, but he would not be a stranger if you meet him outside of your country, first time. Why?

This is because you start to feel a connection with him. You, suddenly, find that he’s your fellow countryman. You feel a sense of belonging with him. The chances are you’ll trust him more than the citizen of that country because this very sense of belonging and being connected will give you a feeling of safety in his company.

Trust is nothing but a feeling you get when you’re around those who share your values and beliefs. Ensure that your core beliefs and values match with your partner before entering into a relationship.

Relationship Rule #5: Make provisions for sorry as well as exit

There’s no trust without risk. It’s likely that someone would betray you despite you follow all that is said above. Amanda Palmer said, “If there isn’t a real risk that someone would cross the line, then it wouldn’t be real trust.”

It’s also a fact that the mind of a person may change at any time, so make provisions for sorry and apology, too, and also design an exit plan before entering into a relationship for cases in which there’s no room left for negotiation and you want to separate.

Relationship Rule #6: Use relationship as a means to unify with the Divine

Relationship is not love but a journey towards love. The purpose of the relationship is to lead you to the experience of LOVE – the Ultimate Truth – the God.

Kabir said,

The path of love is very narrow, it cannot accommodate two;

When I existed, God didn’t, now God exists, I don’t.

Have you ever pondered over the phrase “I fall in love?” In love, ‘I’ falls. With ego or I-ness, you cannot enter into love. Love is the experience of egolessness. Love is the greatest death, that’s why Sufis call it Fanaa, which literally means annihilation and is often illustrated by the phenomenon of moth catching fire.

About Ravish Mani

Ravish Mani helps people in sorting out dilemmas & changing attitudes. He writes motivational & spiritual posts at and shares his views on books at . He recently published a short story on Amazon, Love Is An Ice-cream Cone, which distinguishes transcendental love from transactional love.

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39 Comments

  1. While the article is well formulated in thought and plan; the romantic in me found it pretty mechanical esp about having Exit plans! This sounds like a deal/merger than a humane relationship.
    The logic is very sound and makes sense but the romantic in me wailed while reading it 😉
    Great choice for a Guest Vrasha; thank you for introducing me to Ravish – his writing is very clear and precise. I shall check out more.

    1. Thanks, Shalini, for sharing your views frankly.

      From the place I’m seeing, it couldn’t be called as mechanical because I’m asking the partners to choose their relationship conditions consciously. It’d be mechanical when they involve in a relationship without being aware of the conditions & responsibilities associated with it.

      As far as Exit Plan is concerned, break ups and divorces happen, and prenuptial agreement is also a reality.

      As a matter of fact, every human relationship is a deal and people negotiate their ways into it to gain benefits and break ups happen when the nature of relationship becomes parasitic instead of symbiotic. For example, in a relationship between bloggers, the deal of ‘you scratch my back I scratch your back’ is pretty common.

      Well, I don’t see any problem in romance when partners know their roles, priorities & responsibilities clearly in a relationship. On the contrary, it adds fuel in the fire of romance when partners understand each other very well.

  2. Anagha Yatin says:

    “Relationship Guru”, should be the first name of Ravish!
    Loved his objectivity in discerning between love and relationships.

    1. Thanks, Anagha. I’m glad that you able to connect with it and find it worthy of your love. 🙂

  3. One of the best posts in recent times that I read

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Manisha. I’m humbled 🙂

  4. Relationships are important and it is even more important to make sure that you as well as your partner are happy together

    1. Rightly said, Pooja, the ultimate purpose of doing anything in our life is be happy. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us. 🙂

  5. This post was really helpful and answered lots of my questions. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Namrata, for the feedback. It’s really delightful to know that my two cents helped you in answering some of your questions on relationship. 🙂

  6. this is such an informative post for everyone in a relationsip

    1. Thanks, Aishwarya. 🙂

  7. He is a great writer and so many things on life is so relatable

    1. It’s your munificence, Snehalata 🙂

  8. If someone takes this write-up seriously, they might avoid many misunderstandings in relationships.

    Very well written. I especially loved the rule 5, make space for sorry. That’s very important.

    1. Very well said, Saumya, a room for sorry in a relationship is indeed very important to sustain it. Thanks for your wise words 🙂

  9. Alexx bloom says:

    The best of today , I means there are so many points which you simply emplained and which cleared out my mind so deeply thank you for this

    1. Thanks, Alexx, for your kind words. 🙂

  10. great pointers, I loved the idea that we need to separate love with relationships and need to be clear with long term goals.

    1. Thanks, Jhilmil, for resonating with my thoughts. It’s indeed important to discuss long-term goals. Most of the relationship doesn’t end because partners don’t care each other or they don’t have respect for their partner, it ends because they realize in hindsight that they wanted something different from the life.

  11. This is lovely.Thanks for the clear demarcation. I can say I am in a relationship with my hubby which can transform into Love if responsibilities does not exist.

    1. Hey, Upasna, the transformation of relationship into love doesn’t happen with absence of responsibilities but with absence of ego. It happens when you and your hubby no longer remain two different persons from within. Meera beautifully said, “By soaking in the colours in love, everything appears as the reflection of same unified form; reciting his name, I myself have become Shyam.”

  12. Indeed a great read. Who does not want some solution for relationship issues. This post has covered many great points for all.

    1. Thanks Jiya for finding it useful. 🙂

  13. An interesting debate on relationships but I disagree since love is the basic foundation, be it the air we breathe or being aware. I feel love is the cosmic energy that flows through our senses as humans. Also, I disagree about weighing too much on pros or cons since relationships empower or equip us. We learn from our break up and every relationship is a lesson. My two cents.

    1. As I see, Vishal, you and I both are saying the same thing. I acknowledge the fact that Love is God in my article. If the purpose of forming relationship is only to learn from it then I agree that there’s no need to think about its pros and cons. Socrates said, “By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll transcend through love, and if you get a bad one, you’ll transcend through philosophy.”

  14. I love how you have written so beautifully about relationships and yes exit should always be there

    1. Yes, Charu, one may stuck in unwanted relationship unnecessarily if exit is not there. Thanks for sharing your views 🙂

  15. So true. Entire post is worth reading and quite meaningful. I loved the one that says have scope for sorry and exit.

    1. Thanks, Rakhi, for understanding the importance of sorry and exit in a relationship. Without them life could become hell for the persons involved.

  16. Wow this was so beautiful! Totally fell in love with this post! Every point is so deep and thoughtful!

    1. Thanks, Mrinal, for your kind words 🙂

  17. jhilmildsaha says:

    Thats a nicely written article. Some may disagree but I think exit us also an important part.

    1. Rightly said, Jhilmil, a relationship without an exit option may become torturous in adverse situations. Thanks for showing agreement. 🙂

  18. Papri Ganguly says:

    Very informative post. This tips are really helpful for understanding any relationship .

  19. Mala says:

    Loved reading this post. I could easily relate to this..

  20. Very well written article about relationship. Like the golden rules of relation ship..

  21. Preetjyot Kaur says:

    Well I would call this a thought provoking post. I couldn’t agree more with the sorry and exit point.

  22. Relationships in this era seems really complicated though they are not. Its the honesty, care and trust which can always work in it.

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