Another thing I learned is that novels, even those from apparently distant times and places, remain current and enlightening, and also comforting.
Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.
The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.
I like singer-songwriters, and I find sad songs comforting rather than depressing. It makes you realise you're not alone in the world.
For some reason, I always have an allegiance to Ohio. I had a great childhood, and to return to it is very comforting.
My all-time favorite skin cream is from Poland. Its called Eva Natura with Polish herbs, including rosemary. It smells wonderful and is soothing and comforting.
It would be wonderful if the public sector were always great, or always terrible; or if the private sector were always great, or always terrible. Alas, reality is more complicated than comforting caricatures. Governments fail, and corporations fail.
Sometimes comforting the afflicted does require afflicting the comfortable.
I love New York. I'm a guy for whom a New York accent is a comforting thing.