DOING MATTERS Because participation gives life meaning. Doing what we need and want to do everyday is important for health and well-being, and is a founding principle of occupational therapy. Studies have shown that engagement in meaningful activity maintains fitness, reduces stress, and helps prevent chronic diseases. It is also associated with feelings of happiness. In fact, one of occupational therapy’s founders, Dr. William Rush Dunton, Jr., wrote that: Occupation is as necessary as food and drink.
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