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 Goat, lasting happiness stems from creating balance in your life between work and play. Left to your own devices, you might allow your natural drive, dedication and ambition to push you to work constantly, rarely or never taking time out to relax or connect with friends and family. But these are the very activities that make all that hard work worth the effort. Setting aside unstructured free time is essential for your happiness. If you need to be structured about it, so be it — schedule leisure time on the calendar at regular intervals. Another important key to lasting happiness for Capricorn is building your inner sense of trust in yourself and the world around you. After all, your drive toward success is really, at base, about a deep-rooted need for security. Once you learn that you have everything you need within yourself, you can begin to relax. At that point, true, lasting contentment can take hold.