If your dominant hand is your left, then you understand the many challenges life has thrown at you. The world is a backwards place and you’re constantly having to readjust in order to keep up with the standards of right-handed people. Scissors are infuriating pests, pencils are black smearing utensils of doom, and nobody ever wants to sit next to you at the dinner table. It’s hard to be in the left lane while everyone is else zooming by on the right. But, there are advantages for being different. After all, only 10% of the world’s population is left-handed. How’s that for originality? In fact, some studies have proven that left-handed people may have a better life than common stereotypes suggest. Here are a few reasons why.
1. You are a natural sports champion. Activities like boxing, tennis, and softball give left-handed players an advantage. Right-handers won’t be used to play against somebody who’s playing with the opposite hand. It creates confusion for the right-handed player, giving the left-handed player better chances at shots, hits, and points.
2. You’re more creative. No seriously, it’s true. Left-handed people tend to use the right side of their brain more, which is comprised of artistic and expressive qualities. Artists, like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, were both left-handed.
3. You have a better chance at being President. The American people seem to like the idea of a south paw being the Nation’s leader. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan were all lefties!
4. You have your very own super power! Studies have shown that left-handed people can adjust faster in seeing underwater than those with a dominant right hand. So, if you ever find yourself in a body of water, remember to use your vision powers to scan the perimeter for sharks, or lost pool toys.
5. You have your very own holiday. August 13th is International Left-Handers Day. Righties don’t have their own special day. Which begs the question, who does have the better life? That would be the people who get cake just for being born with a dominant left hand. Here’s to you lefties!