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What is Comfort?
The word comfort originated during the 13th century. It is a noun that is formally defined as any state of physical ease, relief, or freedom from pain and or constraint. Comfort is also any form of consolation from grief or anxiety. Comfort can also be a verb, which is to make someone feel less unhappy by consoling them. Synonyms can include sympathy, solace, and condolence.
Having comfort and being comfortable is a soothing and pleasurable experience for any person to have, including babies and teens but also even as adults. When a person is comforted or feels comfortable, they are generally able to feel less worried, upset, and frightened about certain things or situations they are experiencing. Comfort can also give a person strength, faith, and hope in their life and during their time of need. This can reduce or possibly eliminate the negative emotions that a person can feel during any type of hardship. Comfort for a person can be found in many different things, depending on the person's needs and the type of situation. Being comforted in a time of need can help to increase a person's self-confidence and even reduce signs of depression. Having comfort is a form of reassurance and positiveness that everyone needs at some point in their life because life is never perfect. There are many challenges and struggles a person will face throughout their lifetime, and they may feel like it is hopeless at times. Having comfort and being comforted are always good things for a person to enjoy.
There are many different types of circumstances, challenges, and situations that people will experience throughout their lifetime. Many of them will not be positive and or will not go the way a person expected, which can be very painful. Many hardships will occur because it is a natural part of life and love. Having some type of comfort during any tough time is always beneficial for a person in many ways. Comfort helps a person to get over what has happened and to move on in a more positive way, while not feeling so alone. Just as babies need to be comforted when upset, so do teens and adults. Some of the most common negative life experiences that can happen to any person for comfort to be necessary include:
- The death of a loved one.
- A traumatic experience.
- The ending of a personal relationship.
- A great disappointment.
- An unexpected financial loss.
Types of Comfort
The type of comfort a person needs depends on the type of person they are but also the circumstance, challenge, or situation that a person is experiencing. It is also based on the emotions that a person is feeling at that point in time. There are many different types of comfort that a person can enjoy and offer to other people. Comfort can be more than just physical comfort. Many times people try to comfort others in ways that are not helpful for a person because it is not the right type of comfort for their unique personality, circumstance, challenge, or situation, and feelings. The most common types of comfort that are available are:
- Physical comfort - a hug or holding hands.
- Emotional comfort - talking with or listening to another person.
- Environmental comfort - lights, sounds, smells, and atmosphere.
- Spiritual comfort - attending church or studying the word.
- Mental comfort - reading a special book or watching a certain movie/television show.
The Top 5 Most Comforting Things
People look for comfort in many different things, but there are only a few things that provide real, true comfort. Some things can provide a false sense of comfort, which can only increase the negativity of a situation and give a person false hope. There are things that are more comforting than others. The list below will explain and illustrate the top 5 most comforting things for any person to enjoy, no matter what difficulties they may be enduring. Comfort is best when received from other people, but comfort can also be given to yourself.
1. Study the Holy Bible.
This is the most comforting thing for anyone to enjoy because there are answers to commonly asked questions found in this special book. Some of the best most comforting scriptures include:
- Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
- Psalm 73:26 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
- Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
2. Hours of Music.
The second most comforting thing is best for anyone of all ages. Music helps calm babies, but it can also be emotionally and mentally comforting for a teen or an adult who is experiencing a difficult time. Listening to music that is happy, hopeful, and insightful can be uplifting and encouraging to a person's outlook. Often times music can describe emotions and feelings that can not be put into words. Certain songs and lyrics can allow a person to feel not so alone by hearing that someone else feels the same way and created a song about it. Listening to certain types of music can increase happiness. Certain songs can increase self-confidence and help a person to feel better about themselves.
*Listening to sad and depressing songs can only make any difficult situation even worse because it focuses only on the negative aspects of what is going on. Music should be comforting by the lyrics, the sound, and the tone of songs.
3. A Long, Overdue Afternoon Nap.
This most comforting thing is often forgotten about. When a person is overly exhausted, this can increase stress, anxiety, and depression when enduring any difficult time. An overdue nap is beneficial from time to time for a person in many ways and is very comforting too. A nap helps the body to regenerate and repair itself, but also helps the mind to relax. After accomplishing the above most comforting things, a person can enjoy an overdue nap in a more efficient way. A nap is usually best on a cold and/or rainy day, but also best during a quiet afternoon with the birds chirping and the natural sounds of nature. A comforting nap should not be for many hours, only a couple, so that a person can still get a good night's sleep. Cozy, soft blankets with a fluffy pillow can increase comfort and help a person to fall asleep faster.
4. A Nice, Warm Bubble Bath.
The fourth most comforting thing for any person to enjoy can happily be combined with the first three things to make the most comforting thing. A warm bubble bath is the best way for a person to gain some peaceful thinking and inner reflection during any situation. A warm bubble bath can be comforting to any person, including babies, because of the way the warm water feels against the skin and the aroma of the bubble bath may be mentally relaxing. Lighting some candles can increase the atmosphere for increased serenity and stress reduction. Try adding freshly cut fruit or flowers into the bubble bath for a more amazing experience, like oranges or lavender. For this to be the most effective, it should be quiet and adequate time should be allotted to absorb the peacefulness. Do not spend too much time soaking in a warm bubble bath, as excessive pruning of the skin will occur. Drying off with an over-sized soft, fluffy towel can end this comforting experience with extra added comfort. Applying lotion immediately after drying off with hydrate skin and improve appearance. A warm bubble bath is usually best right before bedtime, for a more beneficial and deeper sleep. Let the bubbles wash away all your troubles!
5. Comforting Sounds.
Not music, but sounds. This is different than regular music because it allows for a different type of relaxation and thought-process. The best example is meditation music or nature sounds that can be found on apps. Listening to prayer or positive affirmations are other examples of comforting sounds. These comforting sounds can not only change a person's mood for the better but also help them to feel better on the inside.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Cristale Adams
Cristale Adams (author) from Florida on May 02, 2014:
Thanks for reading and for commenting on this hub.
Amanda from Michigan, United States on May 02, 2014:
Good article! I often seek out things to "comfort" me on days when my depression is particularly bad. Unfortunately I tend to overindulge in my favorites - chocolate, homemade food, and shopping.
Cristale Adams (author) from Florida on February 15, 2014:
Thanks for reading my hub. Everyone needs comfort in their life.
Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on February 14, 2014:
This is a very important issue for me. Emotional health has always been a trial in my life, and having someone I can turn to that provides comfort has been a challenge. Now that my children are adults, they are usually the first ones I turn to. They will listen and give me words of love and encouragement. I have also found adult women who have become my friends as we have shared life's challenges and provided each other with support and strength. I also use music, nature walks, and warm baths for comfort when I am home by myself.