On the surface, most of us can probably agree on what makes people happy: taking a great trip, for example, enjoying a warm, sunny day, or seeing a hilarious movie with friends. But each of these is more about momentary enjoyment than true happiness — that deep-rooted sense of contentment and fulfillment that is sustained over time. Inner happiness is based on more than just short-lived pleasures; it even depends on more than strong and satisfying relationships. True happiness comes in part from meaningful connections and work, but it is also enhanced when we meet the challenges that life throws our way — learning how to relax or how to love ourselves, for example, or working through personal tragedy toward finding joy.
For the sign of the Ram, achieving lasting happiness depends on finding ways to ground your fiery energy and willpower. Chasing down every adventure and indulging every impulse can certainly be fun in the moment, but you risk long-term dissatisfaction and burnout over time. Your challenge, then, is learning to balance extremes, such as curbing your impulsiveness and checking your famous temper without smothering that wonderful inner fire. You do best when surrounded by stable, dependable people who also challenge you, including standing up to you when merited. Relationships with people who encourage you to express your natural energy but also inspire you to develop focus and follow-through can be especially satisfying, as these are learning experiences that enhance your senses of self-control and self-reliance.