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8 Advantages Only Left-Handed People Have

8 Advantages Only Left-Handed People Have

If you’re left-handed (or “sinistral”), you might wonder why the world is so oriented towards being right-handed (or “dextral”). Partly it’s because of tradition and superstition, but mostly its due 87%-90% of the world being right-handed. Nevertheless, when you start trying to adjust to all of the phones, golf clubs, can openers, stringed instruments, scissors, cooking utensils, and desks designed for right-handed people, you might just go mad and start thinking you’re most forgotten minority in the world.

The good news is that left-handed people have many advantages. Here are 8 that you may not have known about.

1. They are more likely to pass a driving test

Did you know that left-handers have higher success rates on driving tests than their right-handed brothers and sisters? Statistics show that 57% of left-handers pass their driving test first time round, while the right-handers only come in at 47%! Some of the best drivers in the world are left-handed such as Ayrton Senna and Valentino Rossi. If someone ever comments on your driving, there’s no harm in pointing this out!

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    2. They can make more money

    Statistics from the US National Bureau of Economic Research show that left-handed men with a college education earn 15% more money than their dextral colleagues. This is a significant difference, but nobody can explain why. Sadly, the opposite is true for women as left-handed females earn about 5% less than their right-handed coworkers. Depending on your sex, keep these points in mind when you are asking for your next pay raise.

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      3. They are faster typists

      Who says left-handers are slow typists? Most of us are one-finger typists because we have never learned touch-typing. However, left-handed typists can type up to 3,400 words on the standard QWERTY keyboard, which compares very poorly with 450 words for those using only their right hand. Just remind your colleagues that your typing is probably better than theirs because of this innate gift you possess. It makes you wonder: Was Christopher Latham Sholes, the inventor of the QWERTY keyboard, also left-handed?

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        4. They have better problem-solving skills

        It must be a coincidence (or is it?) that the last five US Presidents (except George W.Bush) have all been left-handed. From Nobel Prize winners to Mensa members, lefties certainly dominate the world much more than their 10% share of the population would suggest. Looking at Mensa stats, the figure of 20% of its members being lefties certainly suggests that they are more intelligent.

        Nobody is sure why this is the case. One plausible reason is that we are challenged from the very beginning to come up with solutions to our problems in a right-handed world. The next time you are praised for your problem solving abilities, just say you were born with it.

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          5. They are better at some sports

          Take tennis. If you are a leftie, you can gain an advantage by using the leftie serve, which will create problems for right-handed players. There are similar advantages in boxing. Boxers are not used to dealing with opponents who lead from the left. Left-handed cricket batsmen also seem to do better. Leftie swimmers such as Mark Spitz were said to have a distinct advantage in that they were more easily able to adjust to underwater vision. If you play these sports, no harm in highlighting these advantages.

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            6. They spend less time standing in lines

            Faced with the challenge of choosing which line to follow at the supermarket? No prizes for guessing that right-handed people tend to go for the right-hand side queues, while the lefties tend to go left. Because they’re in a minority, lefties can find shorter lines and get out faster. Try going left next time at the checkout and let your partner know why!

            7. They are more likely to excel in creative and visual arts

            Sinistrals are more likely to be successful than the dextrals in music, architecture, and art. They have some pretty solid proof, too: Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, and Micehlangelo were all lefties. Add in Albert Einstein and Beethoven, and you have a great pedigree. Make sure your friends know this when you have your next burst of creativity.

            Is there any evidence why this is the case? Daniel Geschwind is a specialist in neurobehavioral genetics at UCLA and has been investigating this. He knows that lefties are using both sides of the brain when they are dealing with language. The fact that they are also using the right side of the brain creates more opportunities for creativity. Otherwise, there is still no convincing scientific evidence as to why this is.

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            8. They are better at multitasking

            Lefties have always had to think more quickly, as they have always faced right-handed challenges. This pays off later in life, because the communication between both of their brain hemispheres is that much faster and more efficient. This is what makes multi-tasking so much easier for lefties. They have a definite advantage in being able to process multiple streams of information coming at them. If someone frowns when you are multitasking, just smile and say it’s all under control.

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              The stigma and shame of being left-handed has long disappeared, but the mystery and fascination remain. Maybe we will never know what really causes left-handedness, and how it makes such a difference in people’s lives.

              Featured photo credit: Left handed reggae legend Jimmy Cliff/ Michael Coghlan via flickr.com

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              Last Updated on July 8, 2020

              18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

              18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

              The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

              1. Understand Yourself Better

              Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

              Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

              2. Keep Track of Small Changes

              I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

              Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

              3. Become Aware of What Matters

              As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

              You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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              4. Boost Creativity

              The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

              When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

              You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

              5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

              A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

              Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

              6. Process Life Experiences

              When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

              Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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              7. Stress Relief

              In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

              Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

              8. Provide Direction

              Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

              One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

              9. Solve Problems

              Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

              Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

              When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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              10. Find Relief From Fighting

              Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

              Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

              11. Find Meaning in Life

              Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

              12. Allow Yourself to Focus

              Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

              13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

              When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

              14. Let the Past Go

              I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

              15. Allow Freedom

              Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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              16. Enhance Your Career

              Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

              Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

              17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

              All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

              18. Catalog Your Life for Others

              No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

              We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

              Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

              Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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