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The 10 Most Comforting Things

Updated on May 22, 2018

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, and 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 even 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 positivity 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 life, and they may feel like it is hopeless at times. Having comfort and being comforted are always good things for a person to enjoy.

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When Comfort is Necessary?

There are many different types of circumstances, challenges, and situations that people will experience throughout their lifetime. Many of them will not be positive or 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, for whatever reason, 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.
  • Health/Medical related issues.
  • The ending of a personal relationship.
  • A great disappointment.

Types of Comfort

The type of comfort a person needs depends on the type of 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 in the form of 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 circumstance, challenge, or situation. Once the type of circumstance, challenge, or situation is discovered, then true comfort can begin that is the most effective for that person. The most common types of comfort that are available are:

  • Physical comfort - a hug or a kiss from another person.
  • Emotional comfort - talking with or listening to another person.
  • Environmental comfort - lights, sounds, smells, and atmosphere.
  • Spiritual comfort - attending church or participating in fellowship.
  • Mental comfort - reading a special book or watching a certain movie/television show.

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The Top 10 Most Comforting Things

Since there are many types of comfort available for a person, what are the most comforting things for any person? This usually depends upon the person's personal preference, but there are some things that are generally comforting for everyone to enjoy during any circumstance, challenge, or situation. 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 10 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. A Glass of Wine or Beer.

This is the most comforting thing for any adult to enjoy because it can allow for relaxation and some time to ponder the entire day for just a moment in time. A glass of wine or beer nicely compliments other things on this list, as shown below. Both wine and beer drinks are alcoholic beverages but are derived from all natural ingredients. Wine and beer both contain antioxidants, which is a healthy and all natural mood enhancer. This is the most comforting thing after a bad day or a relationship ending. A glass of wine or beer can calm a person to be able to think more clearly and more logically about what has happened, what is currently going on, and how to move on. After a glass of wine or beer, a person can start to let down built up walls, enabling a needed release of built up emotions and feelings. It can also help a person to be more honest with themselves about their situation.

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Always Drink Responsibly

2. A Scented Candle Burning.

This is the number one reason why candles are so popular as gifts. The aroma of a scented candle burning can bring comfort in many different types of way. Certain candles scents may induce childhood memories of Christmas, while other candle scents can change a mood. This is because the sense of smell is linked to feelings and memories. The brain is directly exposed to its environment through the sense of smell, which can cause chemical sensitivity sickness and even seizures because of an aroma's effect on the brain. Watching the flame gently dance around can be relaxing and calming, especially with some gentle music playing softly in the background.

3. The Power of Music.

The third most comforting thing, and is best for anyone of all ages, is music. Music helps calm babies, but it can also be emotionally and mentally comforting for a teen or 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 by enabling a person to focus more on the good things about a situation, like learning from it and moving on to become stronger. Certain songs can increase self-confidence and help a person to feel better about themselves, and their situation. Listening to sad and depressing songs can only make a difficult situation even worse because it focuses only on the negative aspects of what is going on, to make a person feel depressed. Music should be comforting by the lyrics, the sound, and the tone of songs. Sometimes it is best to let the music speak instead of trying to find the right words to say.

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. Playing soft music and 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 more beneficial and deeper sleep. Let the bubbles wash away all your troubles!

5. A Fuzzy Robe and Slippers.

This obviously follows immediately after the fourth thing, but can also be a comforting thing while sick. A fuzzy robe and slippers are always comforting after a glass of wine and a nice, long, peaceful, warm bath. The feeling of the soft texture is calming and relaxing. A popular favorite is a fuzzy robe that is fresh out of the dryer, while it's still warm and smells great. Feeling fabric textures against the skin can also be something that is comforting because of the plushness or silkiness. This is a great way to start the evening or even right before bed to help with sleep.

6. Shopping!

The sixth most comforting thing for any person to enjoy is shopping. This is often utilized most by women, but men can partake in this comforting experience also. Shopping for a new outfit, new shoes, home decor, or even a new car can always help a person to feel more comforted by boosting self-confidence. It can also help a person to get out of the house and change the scenery. Shopping for something new can be an exciting and invigorating feeling for a person to feel when they are down about a certain something. Avoid shopping too much because it can become a serious addiction if not kept under control. Shopping for something small, but meaningful can help to relieve stress and depression without breaking the bank or a person's budget. The anticipation of showing the new purchase to friends and loved ones can inspire new feelings of hope and happiness. Shopping also makes life more enjoyable and pleasurable. This can also help a person to focus on something more exciting.

7. A Long, Overdue Afternoon Nap.

This top 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 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 topmost 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. 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.

8. A Walk Alone

This next most comforting thing is a great way for a person to clear their mind and also to enjoy nature's beauty. A brisk walk alone during a sunny afternoon or during a sunset can help a person to focus on something else for a moment while encouraging peaceful reflection. Be sure not to have interruptions, such as a cell phone, which can ruin the moment. Walking can increase blood flow to the brain, but it is also great exercise. Cardio exercise is very beneficial for heart health but can also burn unwanted calories, which can increase weight loss. A walk alone is the best method for a person to spend time with mind and soul, to figure out what they want. Walk your way to comfort and happiness will meet you at the end.

9. Having a Hobby.

This may not seem like something that is comforting, but having a hobby can be very comforting. Taking some time out for oneself is just what many people need. A hobby is comforting because it allows for some time to enjoy one's self and have some alone time. Doing something you enjoy doing can build confidence, but also allow more happiness and joy into one's life more often, besides outside environmental factors. Some hobbies that are comforting are:

  • Writing/Reading
  • Arts/Crafts
  • Gardening
  • Hunting/Fishing
  • Golfing

10. Comforting Sounds.

© 2014 Cristale Adams

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    • Cristale profile imageAUTHOR

      Cristale Adams 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks for reading and for commenting on this hub.

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      Amanda 

      5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cristale Adams 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks for reading my hub. Everyone needs comfort in their life.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      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.

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