3. Be patient. “My secret to being a happy mom? Patience. I don’t always exercise it, but when I do, I find things go smoother for both my children and I. A smooth day makes for a relaxed mind, and in turn, a happy mom,” according to blogger and mom of two (a girl and boy) Melanie Edwards. 4. Pick your battles. “We can control so few things in our life, knowing when to let things go is the key to knowing that imperfection and chaos are what make life worth living,” summarizes teacher and mom Elena Sonnino.