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I want to find the exact/literal/detailed meaning of the phrase "sense of well being". Not just "well being", but "sense of well being". (What exactly is meant by "sense"?)

Note: I understand what the phrase means. But how will I write/describe the meaning in English? (I need this for some literary work.)

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According to [Oxford Food & Fitness Dictionary][1]:

A positive state of mind that enables a person to function effectively within society. Individuals who have good mental health are well-adjusted to society, are able to relate well to others, and basically feel satisfied with themselves and their role in society.

[1]: Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/mental-health#ixzz1A4IzNBZt

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This is a good answer, I feel like this sometimes. –  user43379 Apr 28 '13 at 20:24
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An active part that enable person to function well among individuals. People who have good mental are well focus and able to do well among others.

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I knew what it was starting to seem like as a sense of well being –  Olofinsua olufemi Oct 4 '13 at 9:48
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"A sense" in this case means that the person gets a taste of what it is like to be well-off, be it either physically, mentally, financially, or something else. In other words, the person to whom the phrase is applied reaches a realization of what "being well" means given the context.

Compare that to other phrases that start with "A sense of" - for example, if I volunteer with locals to clean up my street, I might get "a sense of community" out of the experience; that is, I begin to understand what it feels like to work together with members of my neighbourhood.

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