Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Well-being \Well"-be`ing\, n. The state or condition of being well; welfare; happiness; prosperity; as, virtue is essential to the well-being of men or of society.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
alt. a state of health, happiness and/or prosperity n. a state of health, happiness and/or prosperity
Well-being, wellbeing, welfare or wellness is a general term for the condition of an individual or group, for example their social, economic, psychological, spiritual or medical state; a high level of well-being means in some sense the individual or group's condition is positive, while low well-being is associated with negative happenings.
In philosophy the term 'well-being' (and 'welfare', 'utility' etc) is used to refer to how well a person's life goes for the person who lives it. Philosophers such as Fred Feldman and Brad Hooker have suggested that we think of well-being through thinking about what parents want for their children ('the crib test'). Philosophical study of well-being has identified a number of different kinds of theory. These include: hedonism, desire-fulfilment theory, objective list theory, perfectionism, and some 'mixed' or 'hybrid' views of well-being. Well-being features in normative ethical theories, most notably utilitarianism. One need not be a utilitarian, or a consequentialist more generally, to think that well-being matters morally. Any plausible ethical theory will give at least some role to well-being.
In economics, the term is used for one or more quantitative measures intended to assess the quality of life of a group, for example, in the capabilities approach and the economics of happiness. As with the related cognate terms ' wealth' and 'welfare', economics sources often contrast the state with its opposite. The study of well-being is divided into subjective well-being and objective well-being.
Usage examples of "well-being".
In short, Anarchism strives towards a social organization which will establish well-being for all.
Undoubtedly the occasional news reports of increased milk production by dairy cattle when soft music is played in the stalls is due to the stimulation of prolactin secretion by any environmental factor that brings on a sensation of well-being and freedom from insecurity.
Obviously it rests on the supposition that the human personality in some form, whether we call it a soul, a spirit, a ghost, or what not, can survive death and thereafter continue for a longer or shorter time to exercise great power for good or evil over the destinies of the living, who are therefore compelled to propitiate the shades of the dead out of a regard for their own safety and well-being.
Gusts of warm well-being spread through Quath as feelers stole into her mind, sensing all.
It was essential for her well-being to have periods entirely alone so that she could recoup her sapped strength.
It seemed to me that Babette and I, in the mass and variety of our purchases, in the sheer plenitude those crowded bags suggested, the weight and size and number, the familiar package designs and vivid lettering, the giant sizes, the family bargain packs with Day-Glo sale stickers, in the sense of replenishment we felt, the sense of well-being, the security and contentment these products brought to some snug home in our soulsit seemed we had achieved a fullness of being that is not known to people who need less, expect less, who plan their lives around lonely walks in the evening.
It was a mingling of wild flowers and a warm kittenish musk that roused him strangely and added to his sense of well-being.
Smoke wreathed his head in the stagnant air inside the backhouse, and the heavy but not altogether unpleasant odor of a clean and well-limed outhouse added to his sense of well-being.
Caribou T-bone steak, a quarter of blueberry pie and some excellent California burgundy inside him, Brady watched his befurred wife and daughter go out through the main entrance and sighed with satisfaction at the feeling of physical well-being that enveloped him.
I believe the men who reach high places in politics are, as a rule, the best and brainiest men in the land, and upon their shoulders rest the safety and well-being of the peace-loving, God-fearing millions.
An air of well-being came off the Bures pavements like reflected sunlight.
In India the mythic image of the Chakravartin, for example, the universal king, the illumination of whose presence would bring peace and well-being to mankind, is a figure inspired largely by this thought.
About five thousand types of virus are known, and between them they afflict us with many hundreds of diseases, ranging from the flu and common cold to those that are most invidious to human well-being: smallpox, rabies, yellow fever, ebola, polio, and the human immunodeficiency virus, the source of AIDS.
I mean to say that the religious, in absolute peace and tranquility, ask heaven for the well-being of the world, but we soldiers and knights effect what they ask, defending the world with the valor of our good right arms and the sharp edge of our swords, not protected by a roof but under the open sky, subject to the unbearable rays of the sun in summer and the icy blasts of winter.
All that work to maintain health and well-being, and some nutcase comes along and nails you to a wall.