Critical thinking itself, as you have learned, comes with several benefits of its own. When you can think critically, you are able to communicate better, which facilitates better relationships with others.
This leads to improved happiness and fulfillment. When you are able to think critically, you can identify solutions to problems that you did not realize were as difficult to solve as they were, and you are able to do so without giving up.
Critical thinkers utilize their abilities constantly—you can figure out how to make your decisions, how to interact with others, and why you should think or act in a certain way all because you learned how to think critically.
You learned how to consider situations around you in ways that are deliberate, attentive to detail, meticulous, and meant to bring you closer to solving any problems that you have encountered, always managing to make your way to the right decision, even if you have to hit some roadblocks along the way.
Nevertheless, when you become a critical thinker, one thing is for sure: You become intelligent, informed, and capable of making judgments that are trustworthy and should be valued by others.