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.
Surprise, surprise: Lasting happiness for the sign of the Scales depends on creating balance in your life between all the many opposing forces. But that doesn’t mean you have to figure out how to make everyone get along. Quite the opposite, in fact. You’re constantly striving so hard to please everyone else that it’s easy to forget altogether about your own inner contentment. You try to keep the peace among your friends, your family members and your coworkers, which is a valuable role to play — except that it means you don’t speak your own truth or take a firm stand as often as you should. For Libra, then, building your inner well of happiness depends on doing some very hard work that may run directly against your natural instincts. Once you learn that the world doesn’t fall apart when you put your foot down — and that, in fact, people treat you with greater respect — being truthful and setting limits will become easier and easier. In turn, your self-confidence will grow, as will your sense of satisfaction in your life.