What does "take comfort in your friends" mean?

I've stumbled upon this phrase in the "Rem - Everybody Hurts" song.

[...]Everybody hurts

Take comfort in your friends [...]

And I haven't found the appropriate phrase in the dictionary.

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"Comfort" can mean solace, the easing of grief, pain, and distress. The admonition means that when you're hurting, turn to your friends for help in easing your distress.

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    It's very similar in meaning to "take comfort from." One difference may be that native speakers are more likely to use "take comfort in" rather than "from" when a person or group of people is the indirect object, because it doesn't sound nice to take (away) things from people. But we frequently say "take comfort from the fact that . . . ." -- though "in" works there, as well.
    – vstrong
    Sep 11, 2015 at 21:32

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