Only around one in ten persons in the world are left-handed, but my immediate family alone has a far greater rate. My mother, my kid, and I are all proud lefties. Despite the fact that lefties are a minority and there is a general perception that they are at a disadvantage, I have discovered through the years that there are several benefits to being a southpaw.
Above all, it’s a good way to have fun together. I usually notice when someone is left-handed and, if I get the chance, I will make the observation. When I remark, “I’m a leftie too,” waiters, shop clerks, instructors, and other coworkers who share this quality with me perk up and grin. It’s a simple icebreaker that forges an immediate bond.
Aside from our affinity for one another, lefties make terrific friends. Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan were the last four left-handed U.S. presidents. The same may be said for a few unsuccessful presidential candidates, such Ross Perot and John McCain. In fact, every left-handed contender for president in 1992!
Oprah Winfrey, Prince William, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg are just a few left-leaning celebrities. Also, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was. Even cartoon characters like Bart Simpson and Ned Flanders are left-handed, which makes sense considering that Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, is left-handed. Kermit the Frog and Anna from Frozen are both southpaws!
According to a rumor, creativity is said to dwell in the right side of the brain, making lefties more creative (and the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body). Although this hypothesis hasn’t been verified, it is true that lefties need to be flexible and clever in a right-handed environment. This leads to lifelong chances to practice problem-solving, a valuable talent to pick up at any age.
In sports, lefties might tactically capitalize on their position. They benefit from this in sports like tennis, baseball, and boxing as righties struggle to foresee their less common plays.
Additionally, lefties have a designated holiday on the calendar. International Lefthanders Day was first observed on August 13 in 1976 to honor their distinctiveness.