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Entertaiment is amusement or a distraction, usually in the form of a performance. A clown at a birthday party, the Broadway show, your friends fighting over the last potato chip – these are all forms of entertainment. Entertaining activities can also distract you from stressful situations by triggering the release of endorphins, the brain’s natural pain reliever. Entertainment can range from personal, like watching movies or solving crossword puzzles, to public, as in theater, music and sports. It can be as simple as playing with children, or elaborate as a ball or stadium concert. Entertainment is often a means of hospitality, to entertain guests and keep them happy.