Involves significant physical or mental activities in a work setting and is usually done for pay or profit, regardless of whether a profit is realized.

 

a. Substantial work activity. Substantial work activity is work activity that involves doing significant physical or mental activities. Work may be substantial even if it is done on a part-time basis or if an individual does less, gets paid less, or has less responsibility than he or she had before.

b. Gainful work activity. Gainful work activity is work activity that an individual does for pay or profit. Work activity is gainful if it is the kind of work usually done for pay or profit, whether or not a profit is realized.

c. Some other activities. Generally, SSA does not consider activities like self-care household tasks, hobbies, therapy, school attendance, club activities, or social programs to be substantial gainful activity.