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 most empathetic, nurturing and selfless of all the signs of the Zodiac, Pisces is also the most intuitive. This means the Fish can be like an emotional sponge, sopping up the moods and inner feelings of everyone around. Thus, on several levels, happiness for Pisces depends on the people you care about most. On one level, when your loved ones are content, you feel content; you’re simply that invested in their wellbeing. On another level, however, it’s important for Pisces to take care to surround yourself with positive-minded, loving people, since you’re so vulnerable to absorbing others’ feelings of depression, anger or despair. Thus, developing true, deep and lasting happiness for Pisces depends on learning to set firm personal boundaries. It may seem counterintuitive to such a giving and self-sacrificing sign, but once you learn to set limits on what others may take from you — materially, emotionally and otherwise — your newfound strength will become a wellspring of happiness.