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    Smile welfare

    Laughter is more effective than any medicine in improving our welfare/well-being.


    Are welfare and well-being interchangeable here? Are they synonyms? Thanks.

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    Re: welfare

    I can't find anything that would prove a difference between the two terms.

    Well-being:
    "Someone's well-being is their health and happiness."

    Welfare:
    "The welfare of a person or group is their health, comfort, and happiness."

    (from Collins COBUILD)

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    Smile Re: welfare

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post
    I can't find anything that would prove a difference between the two terms.

    Well-being:
    "Someone's well-being is their health and happiness."

    Welfare:
    "The welfare of a person or group is their health, comfort, and happiness."

    (from Collins COBUILD)
    Thanks, Noego.
    Does it mean that both of them fit here?

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    Re: welfare

    Well, I would say well-being but I can't give any reason why, according to the definitions, welfare would be incorrect in this context.

    So I think that they're both correct.

    I checked another dictionary, just to make sure (for welfare:

    "a. Health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being."
    Last edited by Noego; 01-May-2007 at 02:58.

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    Re: welfare

    Thanks, Noego.
    Is it not so much as grammatically correct to say the following as idiomatic?
    Laughter is more efficient than any medicine in improving our well-being.
    Do you agree?

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    Re: welfare

    Yes, you have a point.

    I would instinctively use "well-being" for idiomatic reasons.

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