A clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, a stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip–all of these are entertainment. The word comes from the old French entretenir, which means support or maintain; it later came to mean amuse.
Entertaiment often hits on themes that the brain was evolved to react deeply to, such as backstabbing, murders and other social issues humans have always had a deep connection to. They often stimulate the brain to release seratonin and other chemicals that make us feel good.
Article By: Judith C. Smith, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Transformational Entertainment News
Originally Published: March 21, 2008 | Updated: May 19, 2010
Judith Smith is an independent journalist and contributor to The Huffington Post.