I think our culture often confuses comfort with happiness. “Standard of living” is what drives us. But why? We can do with so much less, and I am finding that I am so much happier surrounded by the sounds of lapping water and crickets than I ever have been surrounded by the sounds of city sirens or the tempered air of climate control. Of course some comforts do provide satisfaction. My favorite comforts, I have learned, are:
- Bug-free dwellings
- Living without a damp, sandy butt
- Dry bedding
- Warm food, especially when sick, and
- (Duh) fuzzy buddies to cuddle with.
What are your must-have comforts? What conveniences do you think you could live without, and do you think it might even make you happier to live without them?