Aries: Cardinal (March 21 - April 19)
You’re known for their high confidence so that definitely helps you be optimistic. Aries tend to have a ton of optimism at the start of something, but have a hard time carrying that through to the end. So, In order to avoid losing it, write down everything you’re excited about at the beginning of a new project. That way you can revisit your most excited thoughts later on to become optimistic again.
Taurus: Fixed (April 20 - May 20)
This sign isn’t known for its sunny attitude, so you can be facing somewhat of an uphill battle when it comes to optimism. Tauruses tend to live in the worst-case scenario, so a little perspective can really help you. So, when feeling negative, make a list with three columns that list out the “best,” “worst” and “most likely” outcomes. That way you can see them written down and it can help you realize which worries are over the top.
Gemini: Mutable (May 21 - June 20)
Gemini’s absolutely love change, so you’ve got a bit of a head start when it comes to being optimistic. Anything that means today is going to be different from yesterday is good for you. That said, Geminis’ moods can swing wildly from day-to-day, so it’s important to recognize and manage your pessimistic side when it comes out to play. When it does, Geminis can find themselves acting judgmental, suddenly seeing the worst in things. So make sure you take time to recognize those behaviors, so you have more control of them.
Cancer: Cardinal (June 21 - July 22)
Cancer’s super sensitivity is their blessing and their curse, so maintaining a more optimistic view can sometimes be hard. When a Cancer is feeling low or pessimistic, they tend to isolate themselves. This will only make things worse, so make sure to force yourself to have a little outside time every day—even if it just means walking to your local coffee shop. Also make sure to have a designated friend that you check- in with emotionally.
Leo: Fixed (July 23 - August 22)
Leos have no problem being optimistic about themselves and their future; it’s extending that optimism to others that can be a problem. Leos have an endless capacity for fun and entertainment, but when they feel threatened, they can turn cold-hearted, jealous and aggressive. Leo make sure you keep reminding yourself that the world is not out to get you.
Virgo: (August 23 - September 22)
This sign has no shortage of optimism when it comes to their own ideas, but needs a little help extending that optimism to those around them. A lack of control can send Virgos into a negative spiral. When you find yourself in one of these spirals, take a minute to walk away from whatever you’re doing.
Libra: Cardinal (September 23 - October 22)
You are a naturally optimistic sign, and are known as charming and lovable. Where Libras can get into trouble is letting their natural optimism blind them from the red flags. That leads you to major meltdowns when even the smallest things go wrong because you just wanted everything to be great! So, find a breathing exercise that works for you, so you can breathe through the emotions the next time you find your optimism being challenged.
Scorpio: Fixed (October 23 - November 21)
Scorpios tend to feel things pretty intensely, so that means they’re prone to intense amounts of optimism and pessimism. When their pessimistic side comes out to play, Scorpios can become secretive and obsessive. So, the next time you find yourself obsessing over something in a negative way, turn your thoughts to what some of the positive outcomes could be. Write them down if you have to. It might feel mechanical at first, but eventually you’ll naturally start thinking more positively.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Congratulations, you’re the most optimistic sign in the zodiac. You’re a sucker for motivational speakers and inspirational stories. But that doesn’t mean you can’t fall victim to pessimistic thinking just like the rest of us, and it can hit you hard because you’re not used to dealing with those types of feelings. These are the times you need a non-Sagittarius friend, who can help you work through some of these difficult feelings and restore your happiness.
Capricorn: Cardinal (December 22 - January 19)
Capricorns are typically the most pessimistic of the zodiac signs, but all that means is you have a lot more room to grow when it comes to optimistic living. Just remember not to isolate yourself. When you get into that quiet, scary, “everything is terrible” place, that’s the time to call up a good friend and plan a night out. Surrounding yourself with people who aren’t negative will really help you.
Aquarius: Fixed (January 20 - February 19)
Funny thing about Aquarians: They have no problem dreaming up big, optimistic visions of the future, but they have tons of trouble seeing good in the present. When you find yourself stuck in what could be, take a little time to make a note of ten things you like about what’s going on right now. Doing a quick meditation can also help reconnect you with the present in a positive, optimistic way.
Pisces: Mutable (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces are generally optimistic people. Where they can run into trouble is when their intense empathy and sensitivity makes them take on the pessimism of others. Pisces can take on others emotions, so when you’re feeling pessimistic, make sure you check in with yourself. Is this really you talking? Or is it someone else’s bad attitude that’s making you feel that way.