Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

A Life Worth Living: Evidence on the Relationship between Prosocial Values and Happiness

Arguing that the prosocial desire to help others is a basic human goal that matters to an individual's happiness, the authors demonstrate that work-related prosocial motivation is associated with higher subjective well-being. They find that the belief one's job makes a difference is even more important for happiness than the prosocial desire to help.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2013-008
  • Author(s): Donald P. Moynihan, Thomas Deleire, Kohei Enami