How can I make living with GERD more comfortable?

Prevent/Control GERD. Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent.
Effective treatment! Effective treatment of gerd is essential to maintain quality of life as well as reduce or treat complications. Fortunately the medications are typically quite potent and effective. Some people will also benefit from lifestyle modification such as weight loss and better eating habits.