Let's play a game...
The game is called "would you rather" and in the right setting, it'll get your critical thinking skills flowing. Let's try it!
Would you rather....
Play in the rain or swim in a pool?
Eat a raw habanero or walk barefoot in a public restroom?
Tell your parents that you're gay, or tell your partner that you can't tell your parents?
Perform guitar in front of millions or run naked through a busy intersection?
Eat a dirty sock or drink from your neighbor's toilet bowl?
Tell your spouse that you spent all the money or run away from home?
Cheat on a test or spend a night in jail?
The questions are END-less! The key is to open the realm of possibilities when thinking about everyday issues.
Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
In other words, gather information before responding as a general rule of thumb. By thinking critically about whether or not you'd rather cheat on a test or spend a night in jail can bring to light some gray areas that you didn't know you had, or, it could provide validation that you are still a decent person. Thinking critically about cheating on a test requires more information; what kind of test, who could be hurt, who would know, etc.
Welcome to the beginnings of critical thinking!
My wish for you is to approach life this way. It's so easy to just run through the day, or now we kinda sit around the house, and take things for granted. We respond by rote or habit. If we truly want to heal our communities we have to think, listen, collect information, and perhaps, eventually, respond.
Thinking critically results in more empathic and generous behaviors. Give it a go!