Entertaiment is a broad category of activities that appeal to people’s senses, emotions, and intellect. It can range from the simple joy of a children’s birthday party to the ecstatic experience of a stadium rock concert. Entertainment can be a powerful stress buster, lowering cortisol levels and boosting self-esteem. It can also provide an emotional “cleanse,” and help us process complex or difficult emotions in a controlled setting. It can also serve as a mental exercise, challenging us to keep our minds agile and stimulated. Click on a collocation to see more examples.
From Old French entretenement; see entertain.
Article originally written for The Psychologist, October 2018. Click to read the full article.