People who do volunteer work are happier than people who do not, is revealed in a Friday published analysis by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Among volunteers, 91 percent say they feel happy, with 85 percent for people who don't work for free.
In 2018, almost half of Dutch people aged 15 and over in the twelve months before said they had done something about volunteering. Three in ten said that this had recently been the case.
For the study Social cohesion and Welfare , people were able to let them know how happy they were, with a score from 1 (deeply unhappy) to a 10 for fully happy. "Of the volunteers, 91 percent said they found themselves happy (a 7 or higher), as opposed to 85 percent of non-volunteers," CBS said.
The proportion of people who feel pretty unhappy, who give themselves less than a 5, is almost twice as large among people who do not volunteer as volunteers. "Whether people are happy and satisfied more often because they do volunteer work, or whether people who feel happy and satisfied use themselves more often as volunteers, has not been investigated."