- POSTED: 01 Oct 2013 00:10
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A national study has found that Singaporeans who volunteer or donate are more likely to be satisfied and happy with their lives.
SINGAPORE: A national study has found that Singaporeans who volunteer or donate are more likely to be satisfied and happy with their lives.
The Subjective Well-being Survey was done as part of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre's (NVPC) Individual Giving Survey in 2012. It is also the first time this large-scale national study was conducted to establish the link between giving and happiness in Singapore.
The study found that two-thirds of people who volunteered and or donated had high levels of subjective well-being, while less than half of non-givers had a high level of satisfaction.
It also highlighted that among volunteers who were satisfied with their experience with their non-profit organisations they volunteered in, 88 per cent intend to volunteer again in the future. This compared with 70 per cent for those with low satisfaction.
Meanwhile, for donors who were satisfied with their experience donating to non-profit organisations, 92 per cent intend to donate in future, compared to 78 per cent for donors who had low satisfaction.
The NVPC hopes that these findings will spur more people to volunteer, donate or both.
The centre's CEO, Lawrence Lien, said: "It's important in our context because even though we think it's intuitive, there are still people who might not give it priority.
"People on the ground quite often would say 'well, let me settle everything else in my life. I'm so stressed out, I've got so little time', but that shows that they might not give giving a priority in their lives."