May 22

5 Benefits of Practicing Critical Thinking

5 Benefits of Practicing Critical Thinking

Many people reference the idea that critical thinking is an important skill to develop, but it’s not too often you hear exactly how it affects your life and relationships. Critical thinking isn’t some vague, far-off, unattainable talent some people are simply born with. It’s a skill you can hone through practice and mindfulness, and it will shape both the simple, everyday moments of your life and the substantial, complex parts as well. The benefits of practicing critical thinking are apparent in different ways depending on your career or personality, but the impact is overwhelmingly present nonetheless.

Learn to Think Quickly Under Pressure

Regardless of the hobbies, jobs, or social situations you find yourself partaking in, you will undoubtedly be put under a certain amount of pressure. The stress will manifest itself in different ways depending on the scenario, but it elicits the same feelings of anxiety that can potentially reduce your quality of performance. As an athlete, you’re responsible for gaining momentum against your opponent and leading your team to victory; at a job, you have deadlines to meet and a standard of quality of work you must maintain. The benefit of practicing critical thinking is developing the ability to thrive under pressure, whether from an authority figure or a time restriction. Critical thinking will allow you to process events clearly in the midst of stress and tension, which is a feat not many have accomplished.

Experience Relational Benefits

Whether you’re exploring a romantic relationship, building a friendship, or improving familial ties, you’re going to be doing a great deal of critical thinking and problem-solving. These skills determine how you handle conflict between you and the people in your life because you’ll be able to analyze the issue at hand and understand the best way to remedy it. Arguments and disputes are unavoidable parts of interpersonal relations and communication, but they’re how we grow as humans both independently and together. Practicing this skillset will give you the confidence to face conflicts head-on and not shy away from tension. Critical thinking will also allow you to view romantic relationships more intelligently. By doing so, you can get to know your (potential) significant other better, as well as assess the compatibility between the two of you.

Enhance Valuable Workplace Skills

Many jobs require you to bring a certain amount of creativity and other critical thinking skills to the table in order to stand out in whatever position you hold. Both corporate and entry-level employees must be able to benefit their superiors, and the best way to do so is by performing your duties efficiently and introducing innovative ideas to the company. Practicing critical thinking will give you the skills to excel in time management, organization, and forward thinking. This, along with the ability to curate unique strategies and ideas, will set you apart from other employees and garner respect from coworkers and management alike. Critical thinking is your ticket to confidence, flexibility, and success in the workplace, making upward mobility more realistic for you no matter what your job title is.

Keep a Fresh Perspective

You will periodically stumble into phases of life where you have to make decisions affecting your present and future self. These decisions have the potential to be the most stressful and frustrating decisions to make. Therefore, it takes a great deal of critical thinking in order to choose the right path for you and to be empowered in the decision you make. When big trials or opportunities arise that could change the course of your future, critical thinking will allow you to evaluate every possible solution and outcome. By investing in this skill, you will also be able to set long-term goals for yourself, as well as create and maintain a vision for your future. Though the plans we make hardly ever work out the way we expect them to, critical thinking allows you to be flexible with wherever life takes you and move forward in confidence despite any setbacks.

Practice Constructive Self-Betterment

Yes, this piece of advice may sound cliché and therefore off-putting. However, self-improvement is imperative to maturation and quality of life. Inward-directed critical thinking is how this type of improvement can be achieved. It’s easy to conduct a critical analysis of someone else’s life, status, or mannerisms, or to direct your assessment toward concrete, external subjects. However, once you are able to utilize critical thinking to evaluate your own motivations, goals, and habits, you can take steps to determine what you should do to improve your lifestyle and, ultimately, be happier.

Practicing critical thinking will encourage you to examine yourself so you can improve areas of your life and establish routines to create healthier physical and mental habits. A tip for beginners is to be mindful of the thought patterns you have throughout the day, and especially when you’re alone. Notice the way you speak or think about yourself and others, reflect on your instinctive motivations about those thoughts, and go into the next day focused on improving them.

Where to Practice Critical Thinking

It’s evident that practicing critical thinking can open innumerable doors for you and can create an opportunity for growth. Now the question is, how exactly does one practice this skill? There are many fun ways to put your critical thinking to the test, such as playing a sport or trying an improv class. Or, to start yourself off small, you can download apps such as Elevate and Lumosity to help you exercise your brain and lay the groundwork for more critical thinking practices.

There is one activity in particular that exercises and improves all facets of critical thinking – and that is an escape room. When you’re forced to work with other people under the pressure of a timer to solve an array of puzzles and challenges, this is the perfect environment to hone your critical thinking skills. If you want to reap the benefits of practicing critical thinking, visit EscapeWorks Denver and put yourself to the test! Make sure to check out the available escape rooms and book your visit today!

The Reviews

  • review rating 5  We did the "Outbreak" room at EscapeWorks in Denver and we LOVED it! This was my first time in an escape room and I will definitely be back. Alisha was our liason and she was SUPER helpful. What a fun night with my kids!

    thumb Karen Ashbeck

    review rating 5  Did the "Beyond the Flower Shop" room with a group of six. The room was well thought out and very enjoyable. Challenging, but perfect for a group of beginners. Alisha working the front desk was amazing at introducing us to the storyline and walking us through how to do the game. She provided help at perfect times and we wouldn't have made it through without her. Will definitely be coming back with my group because of her!

    thumb Chandler Tuck
  • review rating 5  My experience here was awesome! Neb was very knowledgeable and very informative. You can tell he really cares about the customers experience! Thank you guys so much for a great time. Juan the manager is awesome as well!!

    thumb Kristen Barnes

    review rating 5  My fiancee and I were vacationing in Denver and tried out the Egyptian Tomb with another group of 4. We escaped with 5 minutes to spare! Very good room layout and good props. Puzzles were challenging and rewarding once solved. I was not a huge fan of how they did the hints... usually you have 3 hints or whatever and you ask for a hint when you get stuck, instead they give you hints when they think you need it. Otherwise, our game master, Trace, was very helpful and personable. Overall, very satisfied with our experience!

    thumb Wes Cantrell
  • review rating 5  Came here for my birthday and it was a blast! Super nice people. We did the Casino Heist and it was definitely challenging but they did give us clues along the way. Can’t wait to go back!

    thumb Samantha Kendrick

    review rating 5  We had an excellent time!!! The staff was wonderful and very accommodating!! Malika and Trace were fantastic!! There was also another gentleman with a beard that has the BEST customer service!!! I'm sorry I cant remember his name... Very fun scenario!!! Thanks for a great time! We will absolutely be back for sure !!

    thumb Dhalia 1991
  • review rating 5  This was such a great place to go! It was our first escape room and they gave us a great experience! We will definitely be back to do other rooms! EVERYBODY should go here! They lock your phone and you have the key! Such a good friendly staff as well Jenn was such a great help!!! Overall a absoutly wonderful experience!

    thumb Nikki Schepp

    review rating 5  We completed a team event here where we split into teams and competed to finish first. Both rooms had amazing puzzles and it was really fun. I think our company team thoroughly enjoyed both rooms. We completed The Egyptian Tomb and the Casino but one of our members in the casino team can't seem to stop mumbling numbers and math equations.

    thumb Russell Maysey
  • review rating 5  Went here as a small group recently and had a great time. Instructions from the staff were pretty clear at the beginning and helpful in their instructions in explaining how to try to solve the room. Trace was a great guide for this experience and would happily go again.

    thumb Nate Rogers

    review rating 5  Their flower shop was quite enjoyable, and Dana delivered with a lovely performance. Give her a raise 😁I've only done one room, but it was a great time. It was a bit challenging, yet did not feel too difficult for all levels of problem solving.

    thumb Caleb B
  • review rating 5  So many fun choices, a super safe place with a super professional and kind staff. The room I did was so much fun and planned down to the millimeter. My whole crew had a blast. I highly recommend it. No wait no fuss, treat yourself

    thumb gusgusgeol

    review rating 5  Amazing escape room! I had a blast! The Casino Heist was one of the best I have participated in. Gen was an incredible host, super friendly and welcoming. Definitely recommend!

    thumb Janeese Brooks
  • review rating 5  Had a great work team retreat activity here. Loved the puzzles and escaping the "flower shop" (aka: 1920s speakeasy). I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a team building exercise or just wanting to have fun.

    thumb Robert Bogan

    review rating 5  Great escape room. Would highly recommend. Nice workers. Trace did an excellent job. Definitely plan on coming again. 👍

    thumb Holly Schmidt

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