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Experience Type – Entertainment

Entertainment is a form of leisure activity that provides an individual with enjoyment, diversion, and relaxation. This experience type encompasses a wide range of activities, from watching movies and playing video games to attending concerts and visiting amusement parks. Engaging in entertainment activities can have several benefits that positively impact one's wellbeing. In this article, we will explore five of these benefits and how they relate to wellbeing.

  • Stress relief

One of the most significant benefits of entertainment is its ability to relieve stress. When we engage in entertaining activities, we take our minds off of our worries and responsibilities, allowing us to relax and recharge. Activities such as listening to music, watching movies, or playing video games can be especially effective at reducing stress levels. By reducing stress, entertainment can promote overall mental wellbeing and help prevent burnout.

  • Improved mood

Entertainment can also have a positive impact on our mood. Engaging in enjoyable activities stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. This can lead to feelings of happiness, contentment, and overall wellbeing. For example, attending a comedy show or watching a funny movie can make us laugh, which releases endorphins and improves our mood.

  • Increased social connections

Many entertainment activities involve spending time with others, which can lead to increased social connections. Strong social connections are crucial for overall wellbeing, as they can provide emotional support, reduce loneliness, and improve self-esteem. By attending concerts, sporting events, or other social entertainment activities, we can meet new people and strengthen existing relationships, leading to a more fulfilling life.

  • Increased creativity

Participating in entertainment activities can also promote creativity. Engaging in activities such as playing music, writing, or painting can help us tap into our creative side and develop new skills. This can lead to feelings of accomplishment and a sense of personal growth, which are important for overall wellbeing.

  • Improved cognitive function

Finally, entertainment activities can improve cognitive function. Activities such as playing video games or doing puzzles can help us develop problem-solving skills and improve our memory. This can lead to a sense of accomplishment and personal growth, which are important for overall wellbeing. Additionally, engaging in mentally stimulating activities can help prevent cognitive decline, promoting long-term wellbeing.

As an ‘Experience Type’, entertainment is viewed as a passive absorption experiences where the participant does not affect the occurrence or environment, and appreciates & absorbs the activities of the performance.

In conclusion, entertainment can provide several benefits that positively impact one’s wellbeing. From stress relief to improved cognitive function, engaging in entertainment activities can help us relax, improve our mood, strengthen social connections, boost creativity, and enhance cognitive function.

By incorporating entertainment into our lives, we can promote overall wellbeing and live a more fulfilling life.

Wellbeing PERMA

The PERMA acronym is a model of Wellbeing theory in the field of positive psychology, by Martin Seligman. PERMA makes up five important building blocks of wellbeing and happiness:

Positive Emotion : feeling good. Including hope, interest, joy, love, compassion, pride, amusement, and gratitude. From exercise, meeting friends, being out in nature, seeing sights, sounds, smells, tastes…

Engagement : being completely absorbed in activities. Living in the present moment and focusing entirely on the task at hand.

Relationships : being authentically connected to others. Feeling supported, loved, and/or valued by others

Meaning : purposeful existence. Belonging and/or serving something greater than ourselves

Accomplishment : a sense of accomplishment and success. Achievement, mastery, competence, attaining goals…

Wellbeing Service

Services relating to the people & groups served

Experience Type

This is a categorisation of the wellbeing experience activity that, in some way, improves your overall Wellbeing

Entertainment : passive watching where you appreciate the activity or performance

Aesthetic : passively engrossed in the beauty or artistic qualities of an object, and not it’s functionality

Sensory : where the activity engages & focuses on one or two of your 5 senses; touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste

Learning : you actively absorb the experience. The activity enhances your knowledge or a skill

Participation : active participation in the activity, where your actions have an effect on the outcome

Volunteer : freely giving your time or knowledge to help others

Embodiment : putting an idea, thought or concept into a physical form or action

Transformation : an activity that takes you from one state (of body, mind or spirit) to a new desired state

Physical , Occupational , Financial , Spiritual
Intellectual , Environmental , Emotional , Social

Wellbeing Dimension

These 8 Wellbeing Dimensions are commonly used in Wellbeing frameworks, to highlight and seperate the various aspects of our lives.

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