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.
The Crab’s main focus in life is security of all types, but emotional security comes first and foremost. You depend a lot on your personal connections, especially those with your family, whether that means blood relatives or dear friends who make up your chosen tribe. You derive a lot of happiness from these connections, as well as from nurturing the people you love. But part of your recipe for true, deep happiness depends also on nurturing yourself, and building your trust and confidence within yourself to the point that you know you can weather any challenge that life might toss your way. Be sure to put your own feelings and needs first from time to time, since your tendency is to put others’ needs before your own. Building inner strength and setting firm boundaries will increase your well of inner contentment.