Building Relationships of Joy – Get Your Fundamentals Right

Every individual is capable of building relationships of joy and happiness, if only we get the fundamentals right. We look at creating the right basis upon which healthy relationships can be built.

Every individual is capable of building relationships of joy and happiness, if only we get the fundamentals right. Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru, looks at creating an inner “climate” from which healthy relationships can naturally blossom.

Sadhguru: Relationships are necessary to exist in the world. You may not get married or raise a family, but you still have relationships with anything and everything around you. Whether you keep them beautiful or ugly is the only choice you have. For most people, though relationships initially bring joy, after a while they only bring anxiety. This happens because we have been building relationships out of compulsiveness, not out of choice. Please see, it isn’t your enemies who are taking your life. It is the things you have always wanted and which you have created with lots of care that are taking your life every day. If your enemy wants to kill you, that’s understandable. But it is your loved ones who are taking your life. Somewhere, we haven’t gotten the fundamentals right.

If you had a choice between pleasantness and unpleasantness, between joy and misery, between beauty and ugliness, what would you choose? Definitely, you would choose joy and pleasantness. But why is unpleasantness happening? Why is misery happening? Simply because nothing of you is in your control; everything is happening accidentally. Your mind, emotion, energy and body are not happening the way you want them to happen. They are mostly decided by the external situations. If the outside situations are pleasant, you also become pleasant. If the outside situations are unpleasant, you also become unpleasant. Who you are is very deeply enslaved to the situations in which you exist. If someone tells you when you should get up, when you should lie down, what you should eat and what you should wear, you consider this slavery. But right now, someone else is deciding how you will be within yourself – whether you will be happy or unhappy. Isn’t this a most horrible form of slavery?

Building Relationships Consciously

So you have no relationships, you are just enslaved to things around you. A relationship is possible only when there is some sense of freedom within you as to who you are. Otherwise, this is just slavery and compulsiveness. Because of physical, emotional or psychological compulsiveness, you are building relationships of different types. When you exist here as a compulsive being, you cannot operate as a conscious being. Once there is no conscious way of existence, what you want will not happen. Whichever way situations push you, that is the way your life will happen. You become accidental. Once you exist here as an accident, you are a potential calamity.

Only if you are an individual by yourself, you can hold a relationship. Otherwise, because of compulsive needs, you hang on to someone. That’s not really a relationship. This is just clinging. You would actually cling to anything. Right now it happens to be human beings. If you are not okay by yourself, if you are using the other person to fill in the gap, it will be constant trouble. If you really want to have absolutely fantastic relationships no matter where you go, first, you need to establish yourself as a joyful human being.

Choosing Joy


Lao-tzu, who opened up the path of Tao, was one of the most beautiful human beings that ever walked this planet. At the age of eighty-four, when he was on his death bed, his disciples gathered around him and asked, “Master, we have seen you in all kinds of extreme situations but you have always been joyful. What is the secret?”

Lao Tzu said, “Oh, that! It is just that every day when I wake up in the morning, a thought comes to me, ‘Today, shall I be joyful or miserable?’ Until now, I just happened to choose joy, that's all.”

That’s all it is. If you choose to be joyful this moment, you can be joyous. It is just that you have to make a choice every moment that you want to be joyous. Consciously, very firmly make a choice that you will live as a joyous human being. Don’t put it on mortgage – “But if this happens how can I be joyous? If that happens how can I be joyous?” “Whatever happens I will live as a joyous human being.” Make a choice like that. If you are fine by yourself, then wherever you go you will have wonderful relationships with people.

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4 years 4 months ago

FYI, i suffer from social anxiety & selective mutism so for anyone to say "drop it " or " move on" doesnt help at all!
My condition is a SERIOUS condition. Just cuz you dont have anxiety- & everythings so easy for all of you, doesnt mean everyones the same. DO NOT JUDGE ME

6 years ago

Wonderfully expressed!

4 years 4 months ago

You suffer from being a puke malcontent retard with an armpit fixation. Sad little person.

6 years 5 months ago

pranam sadhguru...

6 years ago

Beautiful reply!

6 years 5 months ago

Thank you Sadhguru .. feeling JOYful right now .. would love to carry on choosing this JOY every moment ..

6 years ago

Waow.. So nicely described. Thanks Sadhguru..

6 years 5 months ago

sadhguru karunai ,vanakkam! one of the greatest ever message about joyfulness from sadhguru

6 years ago

Thank You Sadhguru. the peace of the insight that You are showering is difficult to express. from the above article i didn't get this "Once you exist here as an accident, you are a potential calamity."

6 years 5 months ago

Sadhguru, Parents being the source of our existence here. How can't be a human being miserable with the loss of one's parent ?

5 years 11 months ago

What if someone knows that he or she wants to be joyful but sadness seeps so much that it is so difficult to come out of that moment .some come out in some time and some go into depression

6 years 5 months ago

Thankyou sadhguru..thanks a lot.

5 years 3 months ago

Thankyou Sadhguru, Life is very joyful, even with its UPS & DOWNS

6 years 5 months ago

Dear friend, when your parents gave you birth they wanted you to be joyful. They would have found joy in you. Their passing away need not make you miserable because it is bound to happen, and how long do you think you are going to stay here. If you realize that life is short then you would stay JOYful no matter what and spread the same Joy to every one around you and may be that's a better tribute to your parents and to your very existence.

4 years 11 months ago

How one can be joyful in negative self esteem or inferior complexity or laziness or guilty mind..

6 years 5 months ago

I have a question here..i am agreeing that to be joyous is in our hands...but as the article is of building relationship then i think there is more to that..every relation expects something...for eg mother has certain duties to do, teacher has some other things to deliver etc...if in a relationship if those are not fulfilled then how that relationship is fulfilling?

4 years 11 months ago

beautifully said.....things doesn't just happen to us.what we think is what happens to us.

6 years 5 months ago

As you say everyone has many roles to play - as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a neighbor, as an employee....But their expectations of you or your 'duties' need not determine your joy. At the same time being joyous doesn't mean one can walk away without discharging one's duties. Do the duties joyfully, make the relationships more fulfilling with main ingredient 'joy'. Pranams to Sadguru.

4 years 7 months ago

As a person with anxiety, it is a bit difficult cuz mind wont stop racing no matter how i try

6 years ago

What I can understand from Sadhguru is being joyous or miserable is not going to change the external situations. So, why should we be miserable and add fuel to the already existing fire outside. Instead, we can keep calm at that moment and think of what to do instead of losing our joy. With the grace of linga bhairavi through the yantra, this maturity has come to me and I have travelled a long way and feeling calm most of the time, come what may.

4 years 6 months ago

Exactly my question. Its difficult

6 years ago

I bow down to ascetics