The unhappiest signs of the Zodiac, according to astrologers

Clearly, , rainbows and smiles aren't for everyone. Some people go through life with a “glass half empty” attitude and seem unable to find joy in anything.

They move too quickly to appreciate life's little moments. True, they could simply be moody, but astrologers say their horoscope could also explain why these people are so melancholy. Read on to discover the most unhappy , from slightly sad to deeply morose.

The intense inner life of Pisces

It's hard to be happy when you're always escaping reality. Pisceans often tend to miss things, and they can be excluded from time to time because they're constantly trapped in their heads. Tara Bennet, astrologer and spiritual coach at Mediumchat, notes that they find joy in their imagination, but that's not enough. “In life, they tend to sacrifice themselves for the good of others and then pose as victims.”

They can't seem to escape this path of sadness no matter how emotionally unhealthy. And while they may seem happy at times, they're usually more despondent than most.

Capricorn: high expectations bring unhappiness

Capricorns have high standards and expectations for everyone, including themselves. But this need for success can steal their joy.

Lauren DeGolia, clarity consultant and astrologer at Fresh Start Registry, points out that their laser-like determination can be a good thing, but it can also cause a lot of unhappiness when nothing ever seems good enough.

These grounded earth signs rarely get to take because they're too afraid of failure. Always playing it safe certainly prevents them from experiencing exciting and happy things.

Virgo: the stress-inducing quest for perfection

Like , Virgos also have unrealistic standards for themselves – they're the perfectionists of the , after all. Because of this, they're never truly happy. “With the bar set so high, no matter what they do or how hard they work, it could always have been better,” says Bennet.

With no room for disorder or spontaneity in their lives, the lack of joy is real.

Cancer: exhausting dedication

is altruistic, always putting others first. “Imagine what it's like to be constantly giving and never receiving… it's pretty exhausting and discouraging,” says DeGolia.

She explains that Cancer is programmed to think that they have to be the glue that holds everyone together. There's a lot of pressure that comes with this role, which can make them unhappy and unfulfilled.

And when they feel that way, these crabs retreat into their shells, especially when they've been hurt.

Scorpio: emotional intensity a source of unhappiness

“Scorpios are the most intense sign in the zodiac, and feeling emotions so intensely leads to unhappiness,” says Bennet. If they're hurt, that hurt is deep, especially if they've been betrayed by someone close to them.

These emotional water signs are closed, but they want to be loved as much as any other sign. They tend to hold on to things too long, essentially prolonging their own misery.

“Scorpios are experts at absorbing other people's ‘bad vibes'… [même] if they're not aware of it,” says DeGolia. “This can leave them shackled with dense energy that probably doesn't belong to them and causes a tidal wave of unhappiness.”

Aries and permanent dissatisfaction

is always in pursuit of what they want. If they don't get what they want, their mood turns into that of a capricious child – after all, they're the first-born of the zodiac.

They worry too much about the end result instead of enjoying the journey, which makes them the unhappiest sign of the zodiac, according to DeGolia. Their ego doesn't help either.

These fire signs are always on the move, so slowing down to enjoy life's little pleasures isn't really on their minds. Don't be surprised if they're constantly frowning or grimacing, as smiles are rare for them.

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