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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  We had a blast! We originally did the Casino Heist, however, there were some complications with the room. Dice and Emilia provided us with wonderful customer service and had us do Outbreak instead. We appreciated how much they cared about experience and we ended up having a great time. Highly recommend if you’re in the downtown Denver area and looking for some fun!

    thumb BreAnna Fraser
    9/16/2019

    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
    8/09/2019
  • 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  EscapeWorks Denver was an amazing experience! We did a team outing for 2 large groups with our sales team and everyone came out so impressed. I had never done one but many in our group have, they all were at the conclusion that this was the best they have done so far! Great team building experience and very cost effective if on a budget. Savannah was awesome along with the staff that helped with our experience!

    thumb Chip Stahmer
    9/24/2019
  • 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  Very considerate and nice staff and a great time! My group was placed with two other people randomly and they kind of took over the whole puzzle. The employees pulled us aside to let us know what they saw and they wanted to make sure we had a great experience of our own so they gave us a coupon to come back another time. They were really helpful from beginning to end and it was super fun!

    thumb Ginger Swanson
    8/18/2019
  • review rating 5  I rented beyond the flower shop room for my wedding party. We had a blast! The puzzles were challenging but fun. There was plenty of room for everyone to work on different puzzles at the same time. We got out with 2 minutes to spare. Shout out to Trace, he did a great job at only giving us hints when we needed it. I don't like it when they're too generous with the hints, takes the challenge out of the experience. This was my third escape room in Denver and I've used a different company each time. I would definitely come back here to try a different room.

    thumb M Hulsey
    8/26/2019

    review rating 5  We came here for my birthday with a group of 11. We did the flower shop escape room and had a wonderful time. The clues were great and challenging! Emilia was a wonderful host and it was a pleasure having her lead our group. We didn't escape, but had a great time. We were 1 clue away! I would definitely like to try another room at this location. It was creative and challen, but not impossible. Thanks for a great night!

    thumb Tiger Lansing
    10/12/2019
  • 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  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  Emilia was fun, helpful and friendly. My husband and I were joined by a family to attempt an escape out of the Egyptian Tomb and unfortunately failed {if only we had 2 more minutes and we would have escaped!} but had a fun time and would definitely recommend!

    thumb Emily Smith
    10/13/2019

    review rating 5  The staff were very helpful and fun people. We did the beyond the flower shop room theme which was designed well even for our large group of 12 people, but I could see all group sizes enjoying this room. I appreciate the attention to detail to the escape room and the challenges placed throughout. The experience was worth it for our team-bonding event, and I highly recommend this for all types of people. Thanks for all the fun!

    thumb Melissa Rausch
    9/17/2019
  • 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  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  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
    8/15/2019

    review rating 5  Juan was an absolute gem. We had such a great time. It was challenging, exciting, and a blast. Thanks again Juan for making our experience incredible, we will absolutely be back.

    thumb Claire Schultz
    8/18/2019
  • review rating 5  My husband and I just happened to walk by and we love escape rooms so we stopped in. They luckily had an opening in the War Games room with just a small wait, but my husband loved the little games/puzzles they had in the waiting room. We had a great time and escaped thanks to our host, Trace! He gave clues at the best times! He didn’t throw too many clues at us so we could figure most of it out on our own, but also didn’t let us stay in one spot for too long! Thanks for making our experience great!

    thumb Karrisa Hampton
    10/17/2019

    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  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
    6/16/2019

    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

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