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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
well-being
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
health and well-being
▪ The breakfast program improves the health and well-being of the children.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
economic
▪ The ability to compete successfully at home and abroad is crucial to the economic well-being of all of us.
▪ Those attacks are clearly designed to undermine business confidence and the economic well-being of both communities.
▪ The net impact of the cuts, they conclude, has been to widen disparities in economic well-being.
▪ The key question is: what impact would Labour policies have on unemployment and the economic well-being of the country?
emotional
▪ Physical and emotional well-being are inextricably linked, not just in older age, but throughout the disability career.
▪ The physical, mental and emotional well-being of the football public is also on the line.
▪ For many people, ageing is associated with a decline in emotional well-being.
▪ The way in which we breathe affects our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
▪ It affects not only our emotional well-being but our physical condition too.
▪ Try to reserve a small oasis of quietness and time to relax instead. Emotional well-being is even more precious than time.
▪ What will be the effects of this unusual origin upon their mental and emotional well-being?
▪ Yet we remain human beings with quivering flesh and throbbing nerves who need the small delights of emotional well-being.
general
▪ The general sense of well-being in life is lost.
▪ Idleness not being subsidized and substance not being wasted, more was produced and the general well-being would thus be raised.
▪ Some limited degree of universal education was another obvious step towards the strengthening of the State and the fostering of general well-being.
▪ Ironically, there was a general feeling of well-being.
▪ They can make a significant contribution to the general health and well-being of individuals and local communities.
▪ We welcome expansion of telephone services as improving the general well-being but accept curtailment of postal services as signifying necessary economy.
▪ The love and affection of your partner can make a real difference to your general feeling of well-being.
▪ The unusually smooth driveline and comfortable ride add to a general sense of well-being.
material
▪ The Development Wheel is a circular chart divided into three sections; personal well-being, communal well-being and material well-being.
▪ The allocation of land to men means that women's dependence upon husbands is exacerbated despite an increase in material well-being.
▪ In a sense, the social worker is responsible for the emotional and material well-being of the patient.
mental
▪ Biological folklore had it that women's physical and mental well-being could be guaranteed only through marriage and motherhood.
▪ The physical, mental and emotional well-being of the football public is also on the line.
▪ The way in which we breathe affects our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
▪ Grossly unfair treatment could affect your physical and mental well-being, as well as that of members of your close family.
▪ What will be the effects of this unusual origin upon their mental and emotional well-being?
personal
▪ Instead, they express the source of our personal well-being and blessing.
▪ The Development Wheel is a circular chart divided into three sections; personal well-being, communal well-being and material well-being.
▪ These aim to teach a sense of positive personal well-being.
▪ The employment reserve of which I spoke would help them to contribute to society and to their personal future and well-being.
physical
▪ Biological folklore had it that women's physical and mental well-being could be guaranteed only through marriage and motherhood.
▪ It has been expressed all through human history, when people have sacrificed physical well-being for spiritual fulfillment.
▪ Poverty is defined as an income insufficient to keep members of the family in a state of physical well-being.
▪ Moving towards him, hand outstretched, she gave off an aura of vigor and physical well-being.
▪ They are severe and have a devastating effect on his personality, his physical well-being and his mental state.
▪ Grossly unfair treatment could affect your physical and mental well-being, as well as that of members of your close family.
▪ In extreme cases, social movement activity can turn violent and thus threaten the physical well-being of movement participants.
▪ Your mental concentration is reduced by too much physical well-being.
psychological
▪ These are good reasons for expecting psychological well-being to be at risk.
▪ The report found that moderate exercise reduces the risk of premature death and promotes psychological well-being by reducing depression and anxiety.
social
▪ After 25 years of economic growth it is anxious to show improvements in social well-being.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Equality in access to Montana elk is not basic to the maintenance or well-being of the Union.
▪ In principle, well-being is a contestable good.
▪ It is then that we have a sense of wonder and extreme well-being.
▪ Many a moment of safety and well-being I owe to convention.
▪ Moving towards him, hand outstretched, she gave off an aura of vigor and physical well-being.
▪ Over the past 30 years Western living standards have increased dramatically, yet the sense of well-being has plummeted.
▪ The high cost of private housing in a contracting market is a crucial factor in considering the consequences for student well-being.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Well-being

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
well-being

1610s, from well (adv.) + gerundive of be.

Wiktionary
well-being

alt. a state of health, happiness and/or prosperity n. a state of health, happiness and/or prosperity

WordNet
well-being

n. a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous; "the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles" [syn: wellbeing, welfare, upbeat, eudaemonia, eudaimonia] [ant: ill-being]

Wikipedia
Well-being

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.