Whether you’re in a harmful relationship, afraid for your safety at home, or just want to be informed (because all of the best moms are), there are a lot of things you can do to make sure you’re safe and secure. Of course, as a mother you don’t have much time to sit around and browse through list after list of resources. So, for your convenience, here are 3 of the best ways to be happy and safe. 1. Stay connected to friends. Friends are there when you need a reminder, or when you’re feeling down, or when you’re in trouble. A good friend can check-in on you and call for help when you can’t. Having a close connection to friends is one of the easiest ways to be happy and safe, and thanks to the internet finding good friends isn’t hard to do. But don’t struggle to rely on just one friend. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz of Columbia University, you don’t need to have just one good friend either, “Group participation works, too — religious groups, social groups, and work groups are all [helpful].” 2. Always plan. Planning is a great way to make sure you stay safe at all times. Don’t just plan alone either, include your family and friends on what to do when certain things happen too. Do you know what to do if your home catches fire in the night? What if you’re out for a walk alone and you get attacked? What is your plan for staying safe? 3. Be aware. Awareness is the real key to a happy and safe home. When you’re aware of what’s going on around you, in your neighborhood, in your house, and in your relationships, you’re more likely to either get out or call for help when trouble starts to show up. And being aware is as easy as paying attention and not letting things go by unnoticed. If you feel like something is getting out of bed for in the middle of night, for example, don’t lay around and wonder, get up and find out what’s going on. Be aware and you’ll be happier and safer than if you let things simply slide by you. Being happy and safe is easy and really doesn’t take much time. Follow these three tips and you’ll be on your way. Do you have any other tips to share with VAW Prevention readers? Let us know in the comments!