We can only confirm that volunteering brings happiness.
For the study Social Cohesion and Well-being, data was collected from 2013 to 2018 on more than 45 thousand people aged 15 or older. They indicated on a scale of 1 to 10 to what extent they consider themselves a happy person. A 1 stands for completely unhappy and 10 for completely happy.
Volunteers are more likely to report being happy than people who do not volunteer. Of the volunteers, 91 percent said they consider themselves happy with a 7 or higher, compared to 85 percent of the non-volunteers. The proportion of people who feel unhappy (and rate themselves less than a 5 on a scale of 10) is almost twice as high among non-volunteers as among volunteers.
It has not been investigated whether people are more often happy and satisfied because they do voluntary work, or whether people who feel happy and satisfied are more likely to volunteer.
More figures about volunteering can be found on the NOV page .
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