Lefthanders Day- Why Everyone Should Want To Be Left-Handed
Lefthanders Day, which is on August 13, started twenty-nine years ago as a way to bring attention to the difficulties lefties face living in a world that was not designed for us. Although being left-handed comes with its own struggles such as smearing everything you write, awkward handshakes, having everything you cut look like a three year old got ahold of scissors, and bumping elbows with anyone who is bold enough to sit next to you, being left-handed should be something to rejoice.
Here’s some things to celebrate about being left handed:
We are better at 3D perceptions and thought processing. (Is this really a surprise given years of outside the box thinking to make right handed products work for us?)
Lefties are more likely to go in to a creative field, such as the arts or music.
It is believed that all polar bears are southpaws, as well as 50% of cats so we’re in excellent and very cute company.
We make up just 10% of the world’s population and it’s been that way for thousands of years.
Despite the struggles we have faced, like having left being associated with evil or wrong in multiple languages and cultures (it’s gone so far that there is a phobia of left-handed people and things being to the left called sinistrophobia), leaders throughout history are more likely to be lefties.
You are more likely to get the full experience out of a haunted house. The right side of the brain that tends to be dominant in people who use their left hand, is more involved in fear responses.
Twins are twice as likely to be left handed, so don't give up on your dream that you'll run in to your twin at summer camp. Or am I the only one still hoping The Parent Trap could happen to them?
Being left handed used to be associated with being a witch or warlock. They might not have meant it in a fun way, but I know a lot of fellow lefties just got up to see if their Hogwarts letter arrived.
Despite the many reasons why you should be proud to be left-handed, there are still hurdles we need to jump through, such as having more products designed specifically for us. Something as simple as having a left-handed mouse can make a big difference in your everyday experience.
Whether it’s treating yourself, or wanting to make life easier for a left-handed loved one, these are some great options to feel like the world is moving in the left direction.