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May 22
2019
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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  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
    6/26/2019

    review rating 5  We were in Colorado for a long weekend and had a late flight home. We decided to try an escape room. We chose EscapeWorks and it was great. Savannah and Matt were awesome hosts. We were excited to be among the 18% that solved The Casino Heist. I encourage you to give it a try!

    thumb Angela Pruitt
    1/07/2020
  • review rating 5  Great price, staff is friendly. My friend and I had a blast and will definitely be coming back! Selina is an awesome game master! I highly recommend this activity!

    thumb Cheyenne Wetter
    9/17/2019

    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
    6/10/2019
  • review rating 5  We had so much fun at the Casino Heist room today! Savannah was amazing. The team has created difficult challenges and drop hints that are just enough to move you forward. We can't wait to go back and try another room!

    thumb Annah Patterson
    10/28/2019

    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
    4/17/2019
  • review rating 5  Troy and Tommy Bohan with my son Paul Garcia-Lance and myself had the best of times trying to get out of the Egyptian tomb. We were seconds away but fell short of solving the mystery and we’re buried alive. Thank you so much for an enjoyable evening and a special shout out to Taylor and Sierra who moderated our adventure ! We have to return for our group picture and another great adventure!

    thumb Susan Lance
    9/05/2019

    review rating 5  Super fun night at EscapeWorks Denver in The Christmas Story room. Lot's of great details from the movie make this a really fun puzzle to solve! Chloe did a very nice job providing the set-up instructions and threw out just enough clues to keep us on track. Great holiday fun!

    thumb Kristi Wimbish
    12/17/2019
  • 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
    8/11/2019

    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
    6/09/2019
  • review rating 5  Lana and Sierra were great! We had a couple of people late and they made sure we all still had a great experience. The Egyptian room was great with thoughtful clues and was just the right difficulty for our group!

    thumb David McCormick
    10/20/2019

    review rating 5  The staff was very friendly. Selena and Sierra welcomed us with smiles and helped us get settled in. Taylor did a great job introducing the room to us and giving us a few hints while we were in. He gave us just enough hints to keep us motivated, but we still had to work hard to escape. The room we tried and escaped was Outbreak. It has a low escape probability and we figured out why when we were inside. It was a blast and we can't wait to go back! This is definitely a great idea for a night out, if you want to exercise your mind under pressure.

    thumb David Kohlschmidt
    11/11/2019
  • review rating 5  EscapeWorks Denver was a great team building event. We did Outbreak and it was very challenging for the entire group. Amelia and Savannah were great setting up the room and explaining our mission. Overall a fantastic experience and highly recommended.

    thumb Nicholas Hernandez
    9/24/2019

    review rating 5  I can not say enough about this place! I had the best night of my life here. The staff worked tirelessly with my now fiance to help him plan the best proposal ever. They went above and beyond to create a night every girl dreams about. Selena, Chloe, and Taylor made sure every detail was perfect. I'll continue to recommend Escape Works to every person I know trying to make memories they wont forget. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. By far, the best escape room in town! You guys are amazing!!!!

    thumb Michelle Kuenstler
    12/11/2019
  • review rating 5  My group almost missed the entrance at first which you have to buzz into, but the staff were so helpful! Selena and Matt greeted us, had us sign waivers, and gave a few tips quickly so that we had as much time as possible! They were great at giving us helpful and creative hints throughout. We made it out with almost 10 minutes to spare! Some of us had been to an escape room before and others hadn't, but the outbreak room was just right for us! Thanks so much for a great time!

    thumb Vonnie Slater
    11/16/2019

    review rating 5  The 1920’s Speakeasy was a ton of fun! I did this with my coworkers and it was a great team bonding experience that was just challenging enough. Our Escape Room Host, Sierra, was fantastic and made the experience that much better!

    thumb Gage Jones
    10/12/2019
  • review rating 5  This was our very first Escape room we've ever done and it was the perfect choice. Both our guides were phenomenal! Energetic and you can clearly tell they enjoy what they do. We experienced the Egyptian Tomb and finished with 4:33 left on the clock. Next we did the Beyond the Flower Shop. We barely missed it but we had a blast. Will definitely be back!!!!

    thumb Kaitlin Bergann
    9/21/2019

    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
    6/20/2019
  • review rating 5  This was incredible. We did the Casino room and we are now going to go back and do more. What a great thing to do on any night of the week. It was challenging, fun, and Chloe was the best. Everyone needs to try this. It’s also something that is good for your brains so it’s like working out but for the mind. We will be booking more of these and will do them all after this experience.

    thumb Shane Ketterman
    12/07/2019

    review rating 5  “You’ll shoot your eye out!” We did A Christmas Story and it was SO fun- so many layers, different types of puzzles, challenging but never got totally stuck. Selena was a great guide, clearly super knowledgeable about the room, gave great hints and was very witty, completely made the experience for us.

    thumb Ruby Linkhart
    12/20/2019

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