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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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  • It is also worth noting, that in many cases it is used as an abstract term; thus allowing bodies to make 'fluffy' claims whilst avoiding definition of those claims i.e. "Usage of our product, X, will provide users a great sense of well being".
    – nickson104
    Jun 22, 2015 at 7:42

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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, 2013 at 20:24
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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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From a "Mental Health" p.o.v. I believe it stems from stability. If a person does not feel a good "sense of well being", they're blind to feel something is not right which may affect other aspects of their liveslives. Otherwise having a good sense of well being by adapting to their surroundings in a much easier way.

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According to Oxford Dictionaries:

well-being: The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy: an improvement in the patient's well-being.

Personal opinion: There's no accurate interpretations; it all depends on the subject's personality, character and experience. To define is to limit. (Oscar Wilde)

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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 Oct 4, 2013 at 9:48