Volunteer Work and Hedonic, Eudemonic, and Social Well-Being


Journal Article

Using two waves of panel data from the National Survey of Midlife in the United States (MIDUS), we examine the relationship between volunteer work and three dimensions of well-being: hedonic (e.g., positive mood), eudemonic (e.g., purpose in life), and social (e.g., feeling of belonging to the community). We test for the effects of volunteering measured as a binary and a continuous variable. Results show that volunteering enhances eudemonic and social well-being (but not hedonic well-being) although the number of hours contributed makes no difference. Conversely, people who have greater hedonic, eudemonic, and social well-being are more likely to volunteer and, in the case of hedonic and eudemonic well-being, volunteer more hours. © 2012 Eastern Sociological Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Son, J; Wilson, J

Published Date

  • September 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 658 - 681

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-7861

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0884-8971

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1573-7861.2012.01340.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus