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The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The WHO states that “there is no health without mental health.” The term wellbeing is integral to the experience of health and happiness. Subjective well-being (SWB) refers to how people experience and evaluate their lives and specific domains and activities in their lives.
Happiness is sometimes used interchangeably with SWB, but the terms mean different things. Although SWB and happiness are correlated, SWB has a more wide-ranging definition. SWB looks at satisfaction generally, as well as a sense of satisfaction according to a particular person’s standard. Assessing life satisfaction involves past experience and future expectations.