By: Elle Galbut Bienenfeld, RN

A powerful gift that Bubby gave to me, on the first Mother's Day, I celebrated as a mother. I hope that you will find it inspiring.


My Dearest Elle,

At my school, The Pulmonary Gym at South Miami, we get various speakers who discuss foods we should eat, exercises we should do, and oxygens we should use. Every now and then, we get articles and papers of interest to read and take home.

I am enclosing one that is quite rewarding to read that I received this past week. Even at the age of 88, with the love of my beloved family and the help from my excellent and devoted home healthcare nurses, I strive to continue leading an exceptional, superb and powerful life. I hope each of you will have the same desire.

Love Always, Bubby


20 Tips for Ultimate Happiness:

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk each day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti- depressant.

2. When you wake up each morning, say “my purpose is to do 3 good deeds today”.

3. Live with the 3 E’s---Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

4. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

5. Dream more while you are awake.

6. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less that are manufactured in plants.

7. Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.

8. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, negative thoughts or things you can’t control. Instead invest your energy in the positive, present moment.

9. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appears and fades away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

12. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. you have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, “In five years will this really matter?

16. What other people think of you is none of your business.

17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

18. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

19. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

20. Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride!


Elle Bienenfeld and her husband Jaimie are the proud parents of six children. Elle is a graduate of Columbia University School of Nursing and an administrator at Family First Home Health Care, a consumer-directed private care nurse registry based in Miami Beach. Family First understands that there is nothing more important than caring for those you love. We are dedicated to referring only those caregivers whom we ourselves would hire for our own parent or grandparent. Call us today. 786.577.5555 or check out our