Our struggles are real! Us lefties have struggled mightily in this world. But you don’t ever hear us complain — and, no, this blog doesn’t count.
Actually, for all of the struggles we’ve endured, being a lefty also means being able to hold our heads high. It appears that because of our ‘uniqueness’ we actually have some pretty cool performance and biological advantages:
- Being good at directions. A study in the journal Cortex noted that lefties typically make fewer mistakes in spatial orientation tests. We are typically able to find our way around a bit better.
- Left handed people can typically type faster. Some of the most used letters (A, S, E, R, T) are on the left side of the keyboard.
- You might even recover from a stroke more easily as it has been shown that lefties spread out their cognitive functions more uniformly throughout both brain hemispheres, thus limiting the actual amount of damage to any particular brain function.
- Lefties can have a decided advantage in certain sports — tennis, boxing, hockey, fencing come to mind. Those poor righties don’t have as much practice against left-handed opponents.
Take a look at a list of current and historical high-achieving lefties:
- Marie Curie
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Bobby Orr
- Glenn Gould
- James Cameron
- Jimi Hendrix
- Barack Obama
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Lady Gaga
- Helen Keller
- Paul McCartney
- Bill Gates
- Babe Ruth
- Neil Armstrong
- Chewbacca (from Star Wars fame); I have no idea if this is true, but I saw it somewhere and I’m printing it
There are many more examples of extraordinary people who were left-handed but you get the idea. We have a really good team.
And if all of THAT doesn’t impress you here’s one final advantage …
The tradition of greeting someone by shaking with one’s right hand dates back centuries where it was believed to be a sign of peacefulness. By extending one’s right hand you are showing that you are not approaching with anything that could harm the other person — unless of course you are left handed.