12 Ways We Get Hygge at Three Pillars

January 1, 2019
 

If you ask us, it’s still the most wonderful time of the year. Sure, there may not be any more mistletoeing but hearts are still glowing around here. At Three Pillars, we’re getting our hygge on, and it’s the perfect time of year for it!


Cozy blanket and hot coffee showing hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
The Danish term "hygge" encompasses a feeling of coziness.


What is hygge, you ask? It’s a Danish term, but really, it’s more of a concept. They say it can’t be translated into a single English word, because it encompasses a whole feeling; something you just know when you experience it: cozy contentment, friendliness, and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.

Book with a hot cup of coffee for hygge feeling at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, says hygge is such an important part of being Danish that it is considered, "a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA." The term and trend is gaining popularity in the US, and it’s no surprise. While pursuing all things hygge isn’t limited to the winter season, the dreary cold naturally drives us to seek out comfort and warmth, so it’s a perfect match.

 

Who doesn't like coziness in the midst of a Wisconsin winter?

 

To start your hygge journey with a smile, take a stab at pronouncing the word. Give it a whirl, listen to the correct pronunciation, and be prepared to chuckle at yourself:

 


Ready to send the hygge factor through the roof? Here are just a few ways we get hygge at Three Pillars.
 

1. Cozy attire, from head to toe.
You can’t get much more snuggly than this.

Female senior citizen resident wears cozy sweater fabric pattern outfit to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Cozy winter socks at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Female senior citizen residents wearing cozy vests to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

2. Fireplaces a-blazing
For a rip-roaring cozy time, allllll the fireplaces are switched on around here.

Male senior citizen resident by cozy fireplace to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Two female senior citizen resident by cozy fireplace to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

3. Hot drinks a-sipping
Toasty beverages grace the tables of important meetings and friendly socials alike.

Male senior citizen resident and employee drink hot beverages to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Female volunteer pours hot cider to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

4. Happy hour with friends.
Cheers to that hygge feeling.
 

Male senior citizen resident tasting scotch to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Female senior citizen resident toasts a glass to feel hygge Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

5. Comfort food
Did someone say decadent desserts and buttery carbs?

Decadent marshmallow dish and savory buttered potatoes - comfort food at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities for hygge

Female senior citizen resident frosting sugar cookie to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities

Female senior citizen resident enjoying delicious dessert in restaurant to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities


6. Curling up with a good book
Lucky for us, we have just a few to choose from in our libraries.

Female senior citizen resident enjoying a good book from library to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Cat reading a book
 

7. Cozy crafts with friends
Fleece projects, wine and paint, or coloring with pals = relaxation and socialization bliss.

Female senior citizen resident making fleece tie pillow project to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities

Senior citizen residents paint and enjoy wine together to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities

Female senior citizen resident coloring with friends for relaxation to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities


8. Movie night
Snuggle into the comfy theater chairs – blanket optional.

 

Senior citizen residents watch a movie in theater to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Cozy soft blankets for hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

9. Embrace peace, gratitude, and spirituality in the chapel
And whenever possible, find a seat where the sunlight streaming through antique stained-glass windows splashes over you.

Original vintage stained glass in chapel at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

10. Have snow much fun outdoors
It makes the warm-up by the fireplace afterwards that much more cozy!

Female senior citizen resident making a snow angel outside to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

11. Puppy snuggles
There’s something magical about the feeling of a fluffy pup’s fur between your fingers.

Female senior citizen resident pets a soft dog for animal therapy to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Petting a fluffy soft dog for hygge feeling
 

12. Hug your favorite people
For the best boost of hygge you could ever get.

Female senior citizen resident hugs employee to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities

Two senior citizen residents hug to get hygge at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
 

Now go on and seek your own hygge! As you embrace it in your life, remember to live in the moment and embrace each element as you experience it.

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