Comfort

“Comfort is a sense of physical or psychological ease, often characterized as a lack of hardship. A degree of psychological comfort can be achieved by recreating experiences that are associated with pleasant memories, such as engaging in familiar activities, maintaining the presence of familiar objects, and consumption of comfort foods. Comfort is a particular concern in healthcare, as providing comfort to the sick and injured is one goal of healthcare, and can facilitate recovery. Persons who are surrounded with things that provide psychological comfort may be described as being within their comfort zone.”

I find comfort in being surrounded by family, coming home after a long trip and I always find comfort in the first sip of my morning coffee.

Things I find comforting

I find comfort in watching movies I have already seen.  I actually enjoy watching certain movies over and over.  I connect with certain characters.  They become familiar.  They are like old friends.

I find comfort in drinking my morning coffee in my favorite cup.  Over the years the cup has changed.  My favorite cup feels a certain way in my hand.  In years past when my grip was stronger and my mornings required massive amounts of caffeine my favorite cup was actually a large beautiful mug.  Now my mug is much smaller but just as beautiful.

I find comfort in curling up on the sofa with my favorite handmade quilt.  I actually have two favorites.  My absolute favorite is about 80 years old, it is soft and cool to the touch but warm and snuggly underneath.  It was given to me by my husbands grandmother.  The treasured quilt is frayed around the edges, therefore it is has been retired to the quilt rack.  My new favorite was made by a friend and one day it to will be a family treasure passed down through the generations.

I find comfort in the sounds that float through my house.  The sounds of laughter and frustration that come from my sons room when he is playing a video game.  The barking of my sweet little dogs that let me know when anyone pulls into the driveway.  The sound of my husband’s voice as he shares his day with me or the many projects he has plans for.  All of these things and so many more help me to live in my comfort zone.

Where is your comfort zone?

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8 responses to “Comfort

  1. I enjoy stocking the little beverage refrigerator we acquired during Ike that could run easily on a generator…the big one died early on with the electricity fluctuation. I enjoy watching family “check it out” and delight in their finding their favorite drink. Just one of the places in my comfort zone.

  2. Nice post. Comfort is important for health.
    My comfort is playing with my children.

  3. When we are fully present in the moment . . . feeling the quilt, tasting the coffee, hearing the laughter . . . we feel at peace. 😀

  4. I can relate to so many of your comforts. I love to watch certain movies again and again (usually a family-type, feel-good sort of movie.) I love when the house is full of the sounds of my family or when the aroma of certain foods fills the air.

  5. My comforts are very similar to yours. I can relate to the watching movies several times. There are a few that I will stop and watch whenever I find them on TV.

    Coming home to a fresh, clean house after a few days away, and climbing into my own bed give me comfort. My cats purring in my ear, and my dogs nuzzling me for ‘loves’ give me comfort, too.

  6. I am comforted by your comfort post… 😉 I love this and cozy blankets and love gives me the same feeling of being comforted…
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving weekend! 🙂

  7. Haha, Eliz took the words right out of my mouth. I, too, found this post quite comforting! I am comforted by my quilt too–ah, there’s no place like sofa!

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