Your welfare is your happiness and well being. Parents are usually in charge of their children's welfare, making sure they're healthy, happy and well fed.

Welfare is a state of content or prosperous existence. So if something bad happens, your welfare is threatened. Welfare can also refer to a government system designed to give money, food, and resources to the poor. Welfare systems have been around since ancient Roman times, but the U.S. welfare program didn't start until the 1930's, during the Great Depression.

Definitions of welfare

n something that aids or promotes well-being

advantage, reward
benefit resulting from some event or action
interest, sake
a reason for wanting something done
for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive)
Type of:
good, goodness
that which is pleasing or valuable or useful

n a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

eudaemonia, eudaimonia, upbeat, well-being, wellbeing
lack of prosperity or happiness or health
fool's paradise
an illusory state of wellbeing
health, wellness
a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease
Type of:
prosperity, successfulness
the condition of prospering; having good fortune

n governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need

“she lives on welfare
public assistance, social welfare
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social insurance
government provision for unemployed, injured, or aged people; financed by contributions from employers and employees as well as by government revenue
aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped
dole, pogey, pogy
money received from the state
national insurance
social insurance program in Britain; based on contributions from employers and employees; provides payments to unemployed and sick and retired people as well as medical services
national assistance, social assistance, supplementary benefit
benefits paid to bring incomes up to minimum levels established by law
Social Security
social welfare program in the U.S.; includes old-age and survivors insurance and some unemployment insurance and old-age assistance
unemployment compensation
payment by a United States agency to unemployed people
disability insurance
social insurance for the disabled
health care
social insurance for the ill and injured
Type of:
aid, economic aid, financial aid
money to support a worthy person or cause

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