Doing well by doing good. The relationship between formal volunteering and self-reported health and happiness.

@article{Borgonovi2008DoingWB,
  title={Doing well by doing good. The relationship between formal volunteering and self-reported health and happiness.},
  author={Francesca Borgonovi},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={66 11},
  pages={2321-34}
}
In this paper, we examine whether engaging in voluntary work leads to greater well-being, as measured by self-reported health and happiness. Drawing on data from the USA, our estimates suggest that people who volunteer report better health and greater happiness than people who do not, a relationship that is not driven by socio-economic differences between volunteers and non-volunteers. We concentrate on voluntary labor for religious groups and organizations and using second stage least square… CONTINUE READING
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