Advantages of being left-handed

We often end up complaining about the frustrations of being left-handed, but there are plenty of advantages as well.

Here is a list that has been reported in various places recently – we have done features on most of these items before but it is nice to put them all in one place.  It would be great to make this list longer as well!  If you can think of any other advantages of being left-handed and, ideally, can provide some sort of research results or reporting to back it up, please add a comment below and we will expand the list.

10 Proven Benefits of Being Left-Handed

With only about 10% of the population being left handed, lefties are a serious minority. While they’ve endured a serious amount of prejudice (the word for left in almost every language has a less than positive connotation) and even aggression over the years, today, many left handed people are proud of their unusual handedness. And why not? After all, they have to survive and thrive in a world designed for those who are right handed. The next time someone teases you about your left handedness, bring up one of these facts that show that being left handed just might be a genetic blessing after all, offering you bigger and better abilities that can help you do everything from get a degree to kick butt at video games.

  1. Being left handed is an advantage in many sports. You might just come out ahead in athletics if you’re a lefty. Since most players are right handed, many are unused to dealing with those who are left handed. Take baseball for instance. Southpaws have the advantage of already facing first base when they’re at bat, can more easily keep an eye on first base when pitching and can cover a large amount of the field when playing in the outfield by having their glove in their right hand. There are specially designed left-handed baseball gloves available (worn on the right hand so you can throw left-handed). Other sports that offer an advantage to lefties are fencing, boxing and tennis.
  2.  Lefties have a greater chance of being a genius– or having a high IQ. Researchers aren’t sure why, but those who are left handed seem to make up a disproportionately large part of those who are highly intelligent. For example, twenty percent of all Mensa members are left-handed. When you consider that less than 10 percent of the total population is left handed, this makes for a lot of smart lefties. Some think this genius stems from being forced to use both sides of the brain more often, allowing these individuals to more easily process a large amount of information.
  3. Left handed men may make more money. All that genius has to lead to something, right? According to studies, left handed males who have gone to college earn 13 percent more than their right handed counterparts. The causes of this difference are unknown, but the gap is statistically significant enough that its not a simple anomaly. Oddly enough, however, the results are quite different for women, with lefties earning 5% less than women who are right handed.
  4. Left handed people adjust more easily to seeing underwater. Bizarre as it may sound, one of the benefits of being left handed is being able to adjust more easily to see the world around you when you’re underwater. While you may not need this ability very often, it could come in handy if you live by the sea or enjoy swimming. While it’s not quite clear why this is so, scientists think it has something to do with a different part of the brain being dominant in left handed individuals.
  5. Lefties are better able to multitask. One of the advantages of being left-handed is that it forces your brain to think more quickly. What this means for everyday life is that those who are lefties may find it easier to multi-task and deal with a large, sometimes unorganized stream of information. Researchers found that conversations between the left and right sides of the brain happen more quickly in left handed people. The more dominant the left handedness is, the better these abilities are.
  6. Some left-handed individuals have better memories. While it isn’t true for all who are left handed, data from recent studies suggests that those who come from families of lefties tend to have better memories, though only of the episodic kind. The odd thing about this study, however, was that individuals didn’t necessarily need to be left-handed themselves to have a better memory– just come from a family of lefties. These studies show that traits related to handedness may be passed down separately, though some lefties would prefer to think that their left-handed benefits just rubbed off on their right-handed counterparts.
  7. Generally, lefties are better at playing video games. Some of the traits that make lefties better thinkers and multitaskers also make them better at playing video games. Research conducted by Dr. Nick Cherbuin shows that lefties are better at handing large amounts of stimuli, making them naturally better at killing zombies, playing virtual tennis or fighting off alien hordes in the virtual world.
  8. Left handed stroke victims recover faster than right handed stroke victims. While the reasons behind this aren’t entirely clear, some believe it’s due to left handed people having to strengthen both sides of the brain when navigating a right handed world. Because many lefties are better able to use their non-dominant hand, it is easier for them to recover from a stroke that damages one part of their brain. Of course, recovery for those suffering from a stroke is never easy, no matter which is their dominant hand.
  9. Left-handed people are likely to be more visual than language-based, making them ideal for artistic pursuits. Research has shown that university students are more likely to major in visually-based, as opposed to language-based, subjects when they’re left handed. While another study — not comprehensive at only 103 students — showed that within the sample, 47% of art students were left- or mixed-handed. If you want to be an artist this is an amazing benefit, putting you in the likes of greats like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Rembrandt.
  10. Southpaw drivers are more successful at learning to drive than right handed people. If driving came easy to you, it might have a good deal to do with your left-handedness. A driving school poll found that 57% of left handers passed their driving test first time compared with only 47% of right handers. This is pretty amazing, considering that most cars are designed with right handed individuals in mind
    Is this true in all countries, regardless of whether they drive on the left or on the right?

Here are some others to think about…

  • Be a faster typist- on a standard qwerty keyboard there are about 3400 words that can be typed solely with the left hand, compared to about 450 words typed solely with the right hand.
  • Less time in line. Studies show that most people veer to the right if there are multiple lines to choose from, but lefties tend to choose the line on their dominant side. A Disney World guidebook states that visitors  will spend much less time in line for attractions if they choose the left-hand side when given an option.
  • Get to choose your seat at the dinner table. Everyone knows you can’t sit next to a lefty, otherwise you’ll get your elbow bumped. Smart southpaws use this to their advantage to get a spot with more space. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work as well at a circular table.
  • Have an easier time writing in Hebrew. Many Arabic languages, including Hebrew are written from right to left. This alleviates the problem that lefties have when writing.

Let us know what you think about these  and add any more advantages you can think of by adding a comment below.

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  1. Jenna says:

    Us lefties have the advantage I’ve noticed when using silverware. For example, while cutting a steak, we hold our fork in our left hand and knife in our right hand to cut. Righties have to switch their fork to their left hand and knife to their right to cut their food, then switch back to eat it! Therefore, we can keep our silverware in our natural position and cut more efficiently.

  2. […] table, which made everyone happy.  Despite the struggles lefties might face, there are plenty of advantages to being a lefty. Like becoming president! You even have your own day…Left handers day! which is celebrated […]

  3. Cynthia says:

    My bro and I are lefties but both our parents are not! Some benefits of a leftie in a right-handed world is to be able to write using my left hand while controlling the mouse or pressing the calculator with my right hand. :)

  4. TheLoneLefty says:

    This is great, Southpaws rule! :P
    I agree with all of the stuff here, although there are downsides, like you are more likely to have insomnia (me).

  5. LeftHandedRules says:

    I’m left handed! I heard left handed people are gifted… The worlds kinda unfair. Like they expect us to be right handed. REMEMBER AUGUST 13 LEFT HANDED DAY! CELEBRATION TIME!!!

  6. Mark Topping says:

    British cars I believe are unwittingly designed for left handers due to the British staying with an old traditional of having to have the right arm free in a horse carraige back in the olden days when there where highway men or dodgy carraiges coming the other way so you can grab a sword. European and American cars are designed for right handers as right handers can use their right hand for perfect gear and clutch control. Me, a British artist and art undergraduate from Lancashire have had many comments of being a good driver when driving British cars that have gear knob and clutch peddle on left hand side. Ironic that British cars are called right hand drive.

  7. Arihant Tripathy says:

    The piano is designed to be played by both hands,but I have problems.Why?

  8. Sharky says:

    I am a utter lefty, and it’s actually an interesting experience. When you are in P.E. they explain how to do stuff right handed, and I’m just like. “What do I do if I am left handed?” and they always make everything more complicated. I am a good writer though, as I would like to say and my handwriting isn’t atrocious. But it is a bit more complicated about a lot of things. When I was little, I tried to play the guitar, but it failed because I couldn’t use a left handed guitar (They cost A LOT more) Anyways, it’s weird to think that not very long ago, being left handed was frowned upon, going as far as death or mental asylums. My brother, whom is older, started out as a left handed person, but a teacher hit his hand anytime he tried to use it. I don’t know about this whole unique thing, considered there are very many other things ‘unique’ about my appearance, and life choices. (My eyes change colors, I am short at the height of 5’0 exactly, and few more things) But it is a new thing, and I am always proud of those of whom are left handed.

  9. papalotis says:

    i am left handed but i ve always used the mouse with the right hand, which i think for pc gaming is the definition of how it should be

  10. Clayton Swan says:

    This is a tip for left handed students, writers ect.

    Use a clipboard upside down for taking notes.
    1 Insert lined paper upside down.
    2 Take notes. Write story ect. (only use the one side facing you)

    This opens up your left hand to write comfortably.

    This also allows you to transfer the paper back to a binder in a forward manner.
    I personal use a file system for freedom.

    You can also, simply open a binder from the back and start from there.
    (only use the one side facing you)
    You do lose the option of reloading the paper into the right handed world’s form.
    But if they are just notes for you, you win!

  11. AlexK says:

    What if I have a strength on my left and writing skills on my right?

  12. Somesh says:

    I am proud to be left hander. Yes, facing problems in this world designed for right handers, I overcomed and now i am good in mathematics, artist, games and playing musical instruments (You know how it is difficult to learn musical instruments converting to left hand)

  13. iitian says:

    i use my right hand to hold bat and use right eye and throw with right.all other activities are done by left.i want to become totally left handed .how to be so?

  14. iitian says:

    proud to be a south paw.only one in family .love english. great at math .though cant play anything well with hands .a prominent soccer player.intense artist.

  15. Jabari Daniel says:

    I am a proud left-hander in a world that is designed for right handers! Reading this list was very encouraging and made me even more proud. I believe we lefties can naturally multitask because we survive in a biased environment against us. I can also attest from this list that as a lefty am a good a math and numbers and have a very high I.Q! When I was a kid my family did not approve of me writing with my left hand but thanks to my dad who’s also a lefty he persuaded them to avoid having me use my right hand because it would’ve contributed to some brain damage. I have been called all sorts of name in the book lol for e.g “crab-handed,” “awkward,” “bad-handed,” etc etc. But today I walk proud knowing that being different is actually a blessing and not a curse! #leftiesunite

  16. Michael says:

    Most left handers can also write right to left with joined up writing, forming the letters without thinking. And if they practice they can write just as fast backwards as forwards. Also for me, if you look at the mirror writing in a mirror it is a lot nearer than I can write forwards.

    As a left hander, I hate cheque books as the stubs get in the way, scissors argh, London tube ticket machines, all right handed, most door security machines are made right handed.

    Michael

  17. Emily says:

    I love being left handed so much it makes me feel really special and unique. It’s nice to see others feel the same! I’m really clever except at maths I have good memory and I’m really creative tooo! It’s weird though because me and two of my other siblings are lefties but no one else in my family!!??? Weird

  18. Nyasha says:

    i right with my left and play tennis with my left hand as well,but i find it easier to use both my hands when doing other tasks….its a great feeling when you are ambidextrous

  19. Barb says:

    Lefties are more prone to live in a right handed world than a righty living in a rihghtys world. The lefty is only a small portion of the world, therefor the lefty learns from a righty. So the brain attracts more knowledge than the right-handed person. So, for example, a lefty can read words better backwards than a righty.

  20. Erhan says:

    As a lefthanded who always dreamt of being smart, smarter than what i will ever be, reading this really made me happy! Fits most of my traits, even though im bad at sport, propably because i have trained myself to use both hands at once ( writing on blackboard with both hands at once ) or doing everything with opposite hand,
    cant really decide a certain hand in sports.
    But having 140 IQ helps a lot for a 17 year old highschool boy like me!

  21. Odette says:

    I am too a proud lefty! In primary school my teacher use to hit me over the fingers to try and force me to write right handed….and so many of the things they say are true …. I have a nice IQ (always been in the range of 136-142. I am very creative and imaginative, great at multi-tasking, love writing and was a great swimmer when I was still at school (got national colours 3 years in a row), and in many ways feel different to others. I am also a right brainer and female (could be disastrous at times), which makes me a bit heart driven (lol) Also good with languages although i’m terrible with maths and anything that has anything to do with accounting … urgh!

    To all the lefties out there….. hellooooo :-)

  22. Terri says:

    Creative AND Intelligent. I’m a left-handed female, the only one in the family. Must have inherited it from a great aunt that I resemble. I’m very good at memorizing phone numbers and addresses. I am thankful for my grade school teachers who did not try to change me.

  23. Left_handed_girl says:

    Wow. I’m left-handed and I know that only 10% of the world is.
    Also, reading this didn’t make me feel like an outcast anymore. I’m only 10 but in 7th grade.
    Having a higher IQ seems accurate, because I skipped a few grades, and I’m still in gifted class.

    Thanks again!

    P.S. National left-hand day is August 13th!

  24. Mike says:

    I literally typed the sentence “I love being left handed.” in my web browser and I couldn’t be happier that I stumbled upon this. Having been the only lefty out of a set of triplets has been a rocky road throughout my upcoming. My brother always called it “The Devil’s Hand” as if he were a nun in an old catcholic school. I can attest to every single one of these advantages. Thanks for this glorious article. Southpaws unite!
    P. S. A few other advantages I have found reside in playing music. I’m a drummer who plays the drum set right handed and I find that my hands are free to do what they please with my left hand dominance( I can also play the kit left handed) upon playing piano it’s common for a right handed player to struggle with his independence in the left hand. Being a lefty gives you that natural dexterity. And lastly I slappa duh bass mon! Also playing a right handed bass. Which makes my left hand’s ability to travel with ease along the fretboard of my bass. That’s all folks!

  25. Giselle says:

    This is amazing! Im surprised at how accurate this is. I have almost every lefty stereotype I’ve read about. I mean, Im clumsy, and a scaredy cat, I stutter from time to time, I am pretty good at math and video games, I play tennis and im not the best but my serves are killer, and I love art and playing the guitar. What worries me though, is if the bad things they say are true. I mean it cant be true for everyone but what if i have a huge chance of having a shorter life span. Dont get me wrong, i love being left handed. Makes me feel special cuz i kinda feel like i have an advantage, but….Anyways, lefties rule all you ordinary uncreative sons of bitches. Peace.

  26. Michael Andrew says:

    Btw I know all about British culture… But I have only books, Internet, and television…
    No accents over here in California… But I can do one if I read outloud with accent..
    The spelling is easier with your guys’ proper english..
    Fibre, colour, flavours, organised, etc… I read a lot of old books published in the UK.. So it is difficult to not misspell an American word..
    But your bloody shows on the tele… My god, Some of the humour on BBC is outlandish and frankly makes me laugh simply cause it is only supposed to be funny..Lol.
    California is very different…it’s Hollywood, Mexico, nice weather, better wine, and Liberals.
    Leftists. Lol
    It’s on the left side of the world. I guess lol. Left side of US.
    Anything left handed?. Lol

  27. Michael Andrew says:

    Well I skipped 3rd grade, always had a 4.0 until junior year where I received a 3.85
    I tried as STUDENT-athlete.. Not a dumb football player as many would think.
    Never studied though… Until college bleh …
    I was football all team captain senior year at Clovis East, under Coach Tim Murphy, got 110% award in sophmore, and player of the game when we played a team from Texas at Dallas Cowboys stadium…In 2008. That was cool. It was their old stadium, some ppl think turf is fun to play on… Hell no.. Lol. But football did not just allow me to get As. In elementary school I played baseball, ran track & field but was not very good, in 6th grade in California I got the highest standardized test scores of my entire city… 98 99 97 in the three categories.

    In 2011 on December 2nd being 20 years old… Born in JUNE, 1991..
    I had a severe left hemisphere stroke due to the misuse of Clenbuteral. First time I tried it. For cutting weight in body building
    .. The helicopter took me to Fairfax Inova hospital… Lol helicopter… Coming from From Inova Loudoun hospital in Leesburg VA.. Over by the Pentagon and CIA and all that good shit lol.
    smack… I lost the ability to talk and walk, but soon could say all the swear/curse words, thank you, please, yes, no, and hey. Then with only 1 month of total therapy I regained enough ability to return to work at Starbucks 30 hours à week, was doing 40-50 before the stroke… But soon took sick leave again..due to me getting thrown out in the snow in Virginia lmao got hypothermia twice.. It’s really not that bad being homeless with a stroke in the cold… Until you get dislocated at work and your girlfriend named Bianca gets engaged to your homeless “best friend.” Jonathan D… Then I returned to Fresno, CA… Hehe all that really happened. No joke… But it is funny to me because I learned how to listen and learned so much more… And had a paradigm shift…
    But 2 years later I have no physical deficits (100%)!!! and my speech is about 87-94 % (it depends on how tired and how anxious I am) …. Umm I’m estimating that in 1 more year I will be at 92-98% and in under 3 years I will be back at 100%.. So yeah having a stroke sucks… The horror of not being able to say anything but sound like a drunken idiot with a bad stutter will make anyone go ape shit. The humor of all those doctors telling me I’m never gonna be the same. Et

    But yeah all true and I’m now finishing my two associates degrees, being a personal trainer, and a 22 year old.. Life is good, but it was the excellent parenting, and coaching with Jesus’ help that makes the impossible tough stuff easy for me,

    Because I’m left handed I’m used to being at a constant disadvantage, I’m like immune to being the underdog lol.
    Look me up on Facebook.. Michael Andrew XP… Clovis East High School 09.. I’m the attractive Michael with the green eyes

    —–Any grammar errors are due to me texting this out on my Android. £€¥¢©®™~¿¡^¬¦°¶§×

    Left handed ppl rule the world. If there were 50 randomly picked lefties vs. 50 of the latter.. we would dominate.
    Left over, left out, left handed path… Right way. Right now. Right or wrong. Right side of the road, Civil rights, and righteousness, righteous right hand of God, and everything else in the world Follows that… Left hand turn signals SUCK.
    Advice: When you are holding a gun and the clip drops out… Cause Ur left hand triggered it to release on accident.. Never buy a right handed handgun… Lol never happened in the action, but it has happened during the shooting range…
    It’s been a privilege.
    Sincerely,
    Michael Andrew XP

  28. Emmy says:

    You can hold hands with your lover while having a romantic supper.. sitting opposite each other.. and eat at the same time!

  29. marilyn says:

    I learned to type before the electric typewriter. I was always a much faster typist than everyone else in school and ended up with a profession of transcriptionist. My teacher told me the person who invented the typewriter was left handed.

  30. wonde says:

    hey am also intelligent and left hand writter

    • Trenton says:

      I am left handed too and I write and type really fast and when I was doing my PSSA (Pennsylvania State School Assessment) I wrote faster than my friend and he was amazed by how fast I wrote. And he doesn’t get amazed by most stuff I do. I am also really smart and that amazed him because I knew a definition to a word and I guess the thought that I didn’t know what the word meant.

  31. Thomas says:

    I’m a lefty through and through, and proud. Great read.

  32. janet smith says:

    This isn’t a mention of an advantage to being left-handed, but an observation that I would like to know the answer to. I have heard before that left-handed people also tend to be more creative. I don’t know if that is true, but recently what I have noticed when watching tv or in the movies is that many of the actors, of whom some are quite famous, appear to be left-handed. I don’t know if they actually are or if it is part of their act when doing a scene. But I know that I can walk into a restaurant and not see as many people in one group using their left hand as I do when I watch a show and actors are using theirs.
    Is there any research or facts to back up my observation?

  33. Sue says:

    I was born left-handed, but my mother trained me to be right-handed. I still play some sports left-handed, like batting at the baseball diamond, hockey, golf. Cutting a steak is never problem. :)

  34. Spencer says:

    That smart thing explains a lot, everyone in my family exempt me is right handed. I have on brother and one sister, they both are okay at school but not quite as much as me. My sister right now I think has about a 2.5 G.P.A (our dad isn’t that happy, lol) and I have a 3.5 G.P.A, and im left handed. That’s awesome!!!!

  35. Tianna says:

    I believe some of these facts are true since I am left handed myself.I have terrible writing tht my teachers sometimes have a hard time reading but I get higher scores then everyone.I can’t see that well underwater but I’m good at boxing/wrestling and tennis so that part is true.I’m also pretty decent in video games,but what are the disadvantages of being left handed.

  36. v.thinahar says:

    I suggest it comes to be true, because I am pratcing to come left hander!!!!!!!!!

  37. Lenny says:

    When I was born I was right handed. However my broken arm made me use my left. I then became left handed and still use it to this day. My father is left handed and my parents always knew I was gonna be left handed. I was born and started using my right at an early age. Then at the age of 3 or 4 I had an accident and broke my right arm. After I got out of my cast I was just so use to doing everything left handed I just kept doing everything left handed. My father loved the idea of me being left handed. I started playing baseball and my coaches sat me and my parents down and told us that I was just a natural. I got moved up a league ahead of my age group and started traveling team. I then started to fade away from baseball when I got to junior high school. I wanted football and started playing. The coaches put me at linebacker and once again moved me up from JV to varsity. After season of my Sr year I then wanted to move to bowling. My coach who is also left handed told me that next to baseball and fighting lefties have a superior advantage on the lanes. Lefties almost have fresh oil on their side of the lanes every time. They don’t have to worry about the shot being messed up in tournaments. I still bowl and am still making progress on my game. Love how an accident of breaking my arm changed my life for the better. I am a lefty for life.

  38. Jacques De Schryver says:

    Hi,
    Most interesting. People wondered why and how I’d find things underwater when other people dont. Amphoras in Turkey under a landslide, polished stone 30 yards from the beach in Saint MArtin. I left everything in place. I’d forecast manythings when writing software.
    A question : do southpaws are more lucky. Does it exist statistics about the lotery winners ? I survived 19 violent death risks, out of all odds.
    Being a frustrated southpaw I am unfortunately ungifted for drawing.
    Too bad ?
    Jacques De Schryver

  39. david says:

    being a lefty ,first but able to use right ,I can paint outside a house quiker than the ordinary right hander ,put the ladder up and paint both sides ,easy .

  40. adeline says:

    I think geniuses mostly exhibit in ‘male and left handed’ but not ‘female and left handed’. I read somewhere that female lefties were slower in their academic studies as compared to their right handed female classmates.

  41. chrish says:

    haha my mom tells me i used to write english arabic style (frm right to left) wen i wz small.

  42. Edurne says:

    When I was practicing Karate my Sensei told me that being leftie was a huge advantages for tournaments because my strong side was the opposite to what most opponents expect and practice against.

  43. David T says:

    I write with my left hand but do every sport with my right

    • Leasa says:

      So do I. We do the small precise movements with our left hand and the big stuff that take more whole arm/body muscle with our right. I haven’t looked up the brain statistics yet but I’m sure there is something cool to read about it.

  44. saeeda says:

    i’m mix- handed (though my left is way more dominant), however there are tasks that i can do with my right but CANT do with my left, otherwise i mostly work w/ my left.

    for example, in basketball, i dribble with my right, not good w/ my left.. but in other sports such as tennis i can only play w/ my left.

    I also knit w/ my left but cannot crochet using it (i crochet using my right hand).

    I eat using my right hand but that’s only because of my religion and culture, I’m not sure if i used to eat w/ my left initially.

    So I’m mix-handed but lean closer to left handedness.

    • saeeda says:

      p.s; in basketball i dribble with my right but w/ my left.

      and forgot to mention that even though my left is dominant, my right hand is actually stronger, so if i ever tried pitching in baseball i’d probably throw w/ my right just coz it’s stronger, though my left is probably more accurate.

      although i knew most of the things on this article I’m still learning abt myself, just days ago i took interest in drumming so i’d try to watch youtube tutorials and imitate them (dnt have a drum set yet), and the weird thing is it’s easier for me to control my hands for drumming (left) but can control my right foot better, so for bass drum it’ll be easier for me to do it with my right foot, strange …

  45. Grace Bartilucci says:

    Years ago my piano teacher told me that I, along with other lefties have an advantage when playing the piano because the left hand plays the beat and righties (wrongies) have trouble using their non dominant hand to keep the tempo. He also mentioned that many composers were left handed.

  46. L.DYUNEESH SRIVATSHA says:

    IN MY HOME I ALWAYS EAT WITH MY LEFT HAND SO MY FAMILY EXCEPT MY SISTER SCOLDS ME . THEY TELL ME THAT LEFT HAND IS GARBAGE AND RIGHT HAND IS THE ELIXIR OF IMMORTALITY.

  47. Don says:

    I am ambidextrous. I write and eat left-handed. everyone I have ever known who IS ambidextrous started out left-handed.

  48. Wendy Kiernan says:

    Can easily switch to driving on the right hand side of the road
    Can read upside down and mirror fashion – makes doing word puzzles much easier

  49. Karen Mader says:

    Various comments after reading all the other comments:
    - When I was 5 my Mom tried to get me to use my right hand. She kept putting everything in my right hand but I started stuttering so she stopped.
    - thanks for the tip re using the mouse and still being able to write!
    - we have chip credit cards now in Canada so we don’t have to sign – am happy about that!
    - I read that in the early 1900s the keyboard was developed to slow down the typists!! (I forget why).
    - I always try to sit at the left end of a table.
    - used to think I was lucky that I didn’t have to switch knife and fork to cut a steak.
    - like Ian’s comment: We are on natural brain steroids.
    - whoever moderates the notes should not have printed the negative comment re the spelling.
    - the U.S president is left-handed.

  50. Karen Mader says:

    Thank you SO VERY MUCH for this. It is very uplifting. I got very tired of all the negative things that were being said quite awhile ago. I want to pursue being an artist but haven’t done anything about it for over a year so this is an incentive to get back at it!

  51. Marge says:

    About two years ago my daughter asked me to teach her how to Crochet. So I sat her down ,gave her a crochet hook and thick yarn and sat down in front of her (mirrow image) and showed how to crochet. She caught on fast. But when she was in her third year college her teacher taught her and her school mates how to Knit, so there went the teaching of showing how to crochet to her. I am self taught. And every time I see a clerk at the store who is Left handed,I tell’em Thank You for being Left Handed. = – )

  52. Eladia says:

    You don’t have to keep switching hands when using knife and fork.

    When working on house projects, a Leftie can use tools with both hands thereby working both “sides” from central position.

    AND, when swinging a paintbrush…when one hand gets tired, simply switch to the other hand.

  53. Anne Davies says:

    Similarly to your comments above about baseball. Here in England, girls played rounders when I was at school. As the only left hander I usually scored better as I hit the ball to the right when everyone on the other teams was fielding to the left. I also find I have very quick reflexes when I drop something, or knock something over, usually managing to catch it before it hits the ground. Back to sport, I played netball and was the attack shooter, playing for the 5th year teams whilst only in the 3rd year as I was so good at scoring.

  54. Bill says:

    I wonder why as a left hander I write the same as a right hander but just the opposite. I do not write in the “hooked position”. Has anyone done a study on why left handers hold their pen in two different ways?
    Ok, I wasn’t taught to write in school, I just looked at the kid beside me and did the opposite.

  55. kenpix229 says:

    Albert Einstein was left handed

  56. kaycee lagman says:

    hello im lefty i was always good at badminton since i was 5 and no one ever teaches me i just played with my cousins and other people and i can beat older people, people say that i was a good drawer but i can only draw if there’s a picture or image that i can copy, but if i use my imagination i never been good at it, and im 100 percent sure that left handed people are good at sport because i played a lot of sport and im very good at it, I don’t play instrument but i like to listen to music and music is my life and i can memorize a rap very fast or a song, but the thing that what they say that left handed person are good at math, im not good at math, math is my worst subject.

  57. Drake says:

    Oh yeah? I’m ambidextrous. At school, I’m the starting quaterback for my football team, and now we’re in the playoffs, btw I’m a freshmen in varsity. No matter what side the defense rushed at, I could just run to the other side and throw it (or run it.) On defense, I can make a sure, but hard hitting tackle, it doesn’t matter if juke or right, I’ll bring them down. In my art class, I can draw with both of my hands at the same time, which also gives me advantages while writing notes because I write words at the same time. I’m the fastest writer in my school and one of the fastest typers. In my high school band, I play percussion and I can play the quads and the snare drum really well. My only disadvantages is that I have memory loss. Either way, I love being ambidextrous.

  58. wendell george says:

    some of these are true because i learn things faster than others, we left handered people are so unique i love it

  59. dylan says:

    i have noticed that i can do anything that has to do with sports. better than a right handed person. expechally boxing

  60. Cara says:

    I love being a lefty! I always loved being a little different than everyone else. I am one of the fastest typers in my grade, and I’m very artistic. One thing I know is that I have a terrible memory. But a lot of these things are true for me if I think about it. Being a lefty, even with it’s disadvantages, is awesome! I wouldn’t trade it to be a bland righty for anything!

  61. Hanna Havens says:

    Yay! I like being a lefty, but all I knew about were the annoying things like writing on white boards or using scissors etc. It’s nice to know these perks about being a lefty.

  62. Sidem says:

    I’m not sure if I’m left handed or right handed. It’s kind of difficult to explain, but since I started writing, I kept switching hands. I started with my left hand, a few years later, I switched to right. Then a few years later I switched back to left, then back to right, and so on. I’m almost 25, and now I currently do everything except for eating and drawing, with my left hand. Another weird thing: Whenever my left hand is my “dominant hand”, I draw with my right hand. And whenever my right hand is my “dominant” hand, I draw with my left hand. I don’t know why though. And the reason I eat with my right hand, is because I’m a Muslim. I HAVE to eat with my right hand. Don’t want dramatic lectures.

  63. Chandler says:

    Being left handed has always seemed to come out on top for me. At school I write holding my pencil in a way I find comfortable, but people think it looks strange; its just due to the fact that my parents being right handed had a hard time trying to teach me to write correctly not being able to write left handed themselves. I look at it and I find it one of the most proud things I have done.

  64. ImaJWalker says:

    I am a lefty and damn proud of it… wouldn’t change it for the world.
    I can write ‘backward’ (have to read it with a mirror) automatically without thinking. I think genuine lefties can but most probably don’t try. Just an fyi.

    I believe we use both sides of our brain which makes us quite intelligent.. I could be wrong.. however..

    Hello to all other lefties out there. Nice to meet ya’ll
    from Windsor Ontario Canada

  65. Lefty :D says:

    omg thats awesome ive always wondered how i got so good at art without getting teached , i just saw some of my cousins art and i tried to make my own and i can see well underwater too and does it affect typing skills i have the highest in my class

  66. maizah nicole guy says:

    This is so cool. Most of the things I’m reading are true. I never knew some of these facts.I do tend to go to the left while waiting in line and I love reading and language, I’m good at virtual tennis, and I do multitask pretty well. On another site I read it stated lefties tend to pick up most sounds that other people don’t notice. That happens to me all the time. Which is why I can keep up with fast talkers most of the time. But I do not have a good memory. That I’m positive of. I was always wondering why I was the oddball of my classmen. I love it though. I don’t give a rats behind what anybody thinks. Being and oddball is amazing. Being a clone is boring and a very sad world.

  67. BARRY BROWN says:

    When I worked as a carpenters helper many years ago, I learned very quickly that a left handed person working with a right handed person could do the work of three people working separately. . . .

  68. Tori says:

    I am left handed, too. I work at a pizza place and for me it is hard to roll out the dough, but besides that being left handed does have it’s advantages.
    Everyone calls me different and stuff, but it doesn’t bother me.
    The only thing on this list that I can’t really do is multitask, it’s just something I can’t do, and will probably never be able to do, haha! Anyways, being left handed is awesome. I wouldn’t trade to right handed people even if I had the chance! #LeftyFoLyfe

  69. Rave says:

    I’m a lefty too…and i don’t find a problem with it.Another advantage is that left handed people are used to using right handed equipment, and it is easier if it’s a left handed equipment.So lefties can use both right and left equipment rather than right-handed people which are only comfortable using right-handed equipment.

  70. Sam says:

    You forgot to about Football! Maradona, left footed. Lionel Messi, left footed. Left footed players often display genius, physical intelligence and creativity. And yes defenders are less adept at dealing with a left footed attacking midfielder running at them…

  71. Carla Szczuka says:

    Left handers can surf the internet using the mouse in our right hand and taking notes with our left. I do this all the time with my genealogy research.

  72. ryan says:

    I’m a lefty and i had no idea that i had so many benefits, thanks for sharing! Learned a lot more about myself today, and, at least i know now why im always the smartest in my algebra classes who can remember all the steps easily with little practice..xD

    • ryan says:

      Also, forgot to mention, helps me solve my mystery about me as 2 years old. Beat my grown cousin and bro at mario kart who were pros with the controller upside down, they were very humiliated…XD

  73. Brendon says:

    I agree with the Video Game part. Gaming somehow comes naturally to me. I’m lefty and pretty much all of my friends are right handed. I beat them all up on CoD or Battlefield. Same with my family.

  74. MM says:

    left handed pple are multipurpose talented men.
    I am lefthanded but uses right for writting and uses the left for special tasks. A lefty never misses a target.
    I will love to start using my left fully by learning arabic language. Plesase, keep me posted on mmonyem@yahoo.com for resourceful website and material for learning arabic language.
    Great lefties, Great achievers.

  75. pratiksha ruthe says:

    because I am left handed..

  76. Mark J Thomas says:

    Itz a gift to be born itself, and more a benefit to be born left-handed..

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  78. Sam Moody says:

    Accountants have an advantage being left handed. You learn the 10 key calculator with your right hand and can continue to write without putting down the pencil.

  79. Dennis Ndongo says:

    I am a left hended i am proud of my self

  80. 99th Percentile says:

    …seitfel era I dna efiw yM

  81. [...] within the Scottish crown courts system, I had a “good job” Well, let me tell you, as a left-handed  leo, born the year of the rooster, I needed something more creative in my life! I discovered [...]

  82. Ian says:

    we are on natural brain steroids

  83. Ian says:

    i was at school and it was the last year. and then a new girl came at the the 2nd term she was rather good at drawing (i was better though) first i thought she was going to take the creative arts cup from me and than i found out that she was left handed too (no wonder).

    note:i was left handed too

  84. Chris says:

    I have a couple of ALH posters in my shop (I am a candlemaker) which has led to some interesting conversations! I once had a retired firefighter in the shop who told me that his left handidness was very useful when he taught knot tying to new recruits as he could face them- as a mirror image.

  85. Nate Brehm says:

    Heres a disadvantage to being left handed. It is a huge pain in the ass to buy cheap golf clubs because there is mostly right handed clubs in the world since most people are righty.

  86. cathy says:

    Since the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, it can be said that left handed people are in their ” right” mind !

  87. Haley says:

    This is really great I am left handed

  88. ella says:

    I had a stroke when I was young, (28). It affected all my left hand side. 15 yrs later I still can’t use left hand, I had to learn to write with my right. In spite of this I still consider myself left-handed, I think it’s a state of mind we can’t help. Neurologist told me that had I been right-handed prognosis would have been worse. Speaking for myself I have always been proud of being so. My physiotherapist told me recently that I’m right-handed now, and I wasted no time telling him otherwise. Just want to let it be known once a leftie always a leftie. Any more left handers out there have to use other hand? Vive la difference!

  89. Adam Harris says:

    One of my pleasures in life is watching right handers struggling to open standard jars. It seems us lefties are using the base of the thumb to apply pressure to the lid whilst the poor dears are having to grip with their little fingers. The number of times an unsuccessful right handed bruiser says “I must have loosened it!” after a jar has been opened by little old me…

  90. Simon Says says:

    I think that since left-handers are so superior to right-handers, they should be our willing slaves so we can sit back in the lap of luxury!1 Just kidding, my mother and dad right-handed (poor things). I guess we can’t all be perfect.

  91. Venkata says:

    My 5 Years Son uses his Left for writing. My MOM forces me to make him to use Right. My Butter half enrages my son with Left . There is a tug of war between my Mom and My Better half. Here I have a question. Are there any Benefits of Being Right-Handed over Left?

    • Rick says:

      That is INSANE. My daughter is a Leftie and we always allowed it. It is disgusting to force the child to do things that are not natural. They may end up thinking something is wrong with them.

    • cathy says:

      A long time ago, people thought that being ” right handed” was the only ” normal” way to write. Even my Mother, who grew up in Virginia, was forced to use her “unnatural” right hand, though she was a natural left handed little girl.
      For anyone to force another, even a child, to comply with what their version of ” normal” is, especially if they naturally use their left hand ….well, there would be war in my family if this occurred.
      I am a left handed golfer, but use a baseball bat with my right hand. It’s not that I am any good at golf,but took it in college as an elective.
      The child will naturally pick up things with their dominant hand..and I wouldn’t allow anyone to force any child to ” perform” with their right hand. I agree with the other poster wholeheartedly !

  92. Julie says:

    I love writing backwards, from right to left. It is perfectly readable from the back, or in a mirror. I do everything with my left hand, and I’m also left-footed. I usually sit on the left side of a right handed person. They know they’ll get bumped (; I also do good I sports, but my favourite thing is typing sdrawkcab. Og seitfel! Seitfel era eht tselooc. (That backwards.)

  93. Grace says:

    This website is awesome!!! Lefties rock XOXO

  94. juveriya almas says:

    I am a lefty too…….. knew some reasons but happy to know d other ones…. realy , its an advantage iof being a lefty…… !!!! :)

  95. Aviv says:

    About the Hebrew part – Hebrew is not an Arabic language.
    It’s far more ancient. There are some similarities but these are two very differant languages..

  96. Carlos says:

    It makes me proud to be fully left handed and use both feet but left one, I use it more often, my lectures and friends found m very excellent with figures such as Mathematics. It made m to be good with soccer, chess and table tennis, because I normally confuse my opponents, their best shot becomes weak to me. I’m able to multitask because I handle both my Engineering studies with sports.

  97. Michelle c says:

    Just clicked on your page and just wanted to post that we are finding it extremely difficult in Australia to find any left hand 2 ring binders and notebooks that are for teenagers. It is for my daughter who is also born 13th August.

    • Clayton Swan says:

      Left hander answer. When I was in school, I first, simply adapted to the right handed
      world. The answer came to me one day in junior high.
      1.Open your binder backwards.
      2.Write only on the one side of paper facing you.
      It is a brain flip for the mind but it works wonderfully!

      I know this will work for you. Others will admire the ingenuity.h926

    • Clayton Swan says:

      I have one more tip. I don’t use binders anymore.
      I use a clip board.
      1. insert your lined paper upside down.
      2. write holding the clipboard upside down.

      This will open your left hand to write freely.

      This will allow you to transfer your papers
      back to a binder in a forward manner.

      I just realized your request is a year old.
      I hope you found the answer sooner. Good Day!

  98. Sarah says:

    About the dinner table… it works great for me cuz my brother and I are both lefties and we sit next to each other while my right handed mom and other brother sit on the other side and my dad sits on the end. my mom assigned our seats on purpose like that when we were little and it helps alot until we go out to eat and I’m next to a righty. funny that, they blame it on us while we could just as easily blame it on them

  99. karen says:

    My mother was a lefty as a child but as many had done to them back in the 30′s was forced for reason of believing it was evil were forced to use their right hand. I wonder if that is why to this day my mother is frustrated . I myself am 100% left handed ad have always embraced me being different, at times it is challenging but would not change for the world

  100. Andrea says:

    The dinner table thing… My sister is a righty and I’m a lefty. We sat beside each other but she always insisted on sitting on the left. This resulted in a lot of unneccesary fighting starting with the bumping of elbows…lol!

  101. Rachel S. says:

    About the dinner table thing, I never get to choose where I get to sit (mainly cuz I’m the youngest so my three older sisters feel the need to be superior, and also my dad always wants to sit on the end and facing the door for some reason). Pretty much I get stuck somewhere in the middle and whoever is to the left of me just starts complaining about it for a few minutes, then gets over it until we start bumping elbows. It’s stupid, they >>could<< get their way and give me my way but nooo, they still haven't learned. -_- Whatever.

  102. thabiso says:

    that’s true left handed are good drivers & are fast at learning how to drive though many cars were made in favour of right handed people. l am very good at driving

  103. serenity says:

    I’m left handed an im not good at video games , im good at sports , I okay at quizzes, an I can muti task pretty good . I think im kind of a late bloomer but I as 1lb an 6oz when I was born so maybe thats why I haven’t reached my full potential .

  104. Patrick says:

    I am left handed but i manly use my right hand for every thing but writing.

  105. Starr says:

    I took a year of Hebrew in college, and I loved writing right to left. It felt natural. My right-handed boyfriend, who also took the class, didn’t have as easy a time of it. I can write in English right to left almost as well as I can left to right. Holding it to a mirror, it’s completely legible, though it doesn’t quite look like my normal handwriting, since the slant is wrong. But I write like a toddler with my right hand. Being a lefty means you don’t get stuck in the middle at the dinner table, unless you’re seated by another lefty. I remember holiday dinners. My brother (also a lefty) and I always sat by each other at the table, not that we still didn’t get in our share of pokes and jabs.

  106. Bob says:

    Don’t forget, lefties don’t have to go through the idiocy of switching hands to cut with a fork and knife. Ever see a lefty switch hands to cut a steak? Me neither.

  107. Luisa says:

    I’m left handed , well actually ambidextrous, but using my left in many things. :) I also feel so special and I love when people is surprised to see me using my left hand…and seeing i’m good in most of the things I do! My brother is left handed too and he’s so talented!!

    • Starr says:

      My grandmother was ambidextrous because they made her write with her right hand as a child. The only thing I do well right-handed is play guitar. It feels natural that way. I don’t think my right hand would have the strength and coordination to do some of the chords or to do quick chord changes. Yet my left-handed brother plays guitar left handed.

  108. Sandy says:

    my son is 3 years old and a lefty hehe n I luv it he throws real hard always hits his target n remembers a lot so he has a good memory also and loves money so by reading this it makes me feel very proud and happy for my son

  109. okoliejunior says:

    great points above,i would like to know,how can a left handed person increase his IQ?

  110. Sara says:

    I’m a left handed girl and I feel special. I love being a leftie! WE RULE!

    • okoliejunior says:

      Hi sara am okoliejunior from lagos nigeria,sara whats your IQ level?

      • Ian says:

        My IQ at the age of 17 was 149 and during my school years people always admired my Art work, it confused many people as to why I was so good yet Art had never been taught to me and now I know its because I’m a Lefty.

  111. V.Bobmanuel says:

    Im a lefty girl and Im president of my class.Im selected to do multitasked jobs because I get it done promptly and correctly.

  112. Avery says:

    Is there a term for people who are born right-handed (for example) but have always felt like they should have been left-handed? Or vice versa?
    Like, Transhandedism or something…?
    Or am I just a weird person?

  113. Hani says:

    I got all the attn whenever I write, using a knife, holding my racket and stuff. I am surrounded by people who are at awe of lefties, treating lefties as special, talented & genius :) I grew up lefty freely, being loved for who I am & as an adult am able to give back to my society. This handedness is a blessing, am thankful for it & proud of it…we LEFTIES are awesome!!!

  114. Marty says:

    This is sounds weird, but being left-handed makes me better at dodgeball. I’m a serious dodgeball player, and I’ve learned to stay to the right since right-handed people throw across their bodies to their left, my right. Meanwhile, I can nail people standing on their left, my right, who are safe from righties.

  115. Mariah says:

    I am a lefty, of course, and I am majoring in studio art. I have always wanted to be an artist, I also find it easier to write backwards (from right to left) I am proud to be a left hander!

  116. Tasha says:

    Thanks for the post! I am a lefty and love it(most of the time)! I am also top of the class, I like there are advantages because so far I have just expierenced disadvantages! Glad to be with other lefties GTG

  117. Tamanna says:

    I’m a left handed girl and I’m the fastest righter in class and I get higher grades then most of the smart known people. I’m a lefty and I’m proud!

    • Elise says:

      I’m pretty much the same. It’s so cool being a lefty!

    • Marie says:

      Tamanna,

      You may wish to double check your theory. It is Writer, not Righter. It is Than, not Then. What is a “smart known” person? If you are the smartest, the others must be having real problems.

  118. William says:

    I am a lefty and im a MLG ( Major Leauge Gaming) player.

  119. john winner says:

    I’m very happy to have read this.

  120. Paula says:

    I am left-handed and also both-handed or multihanded. I have adapted over the years and am wondering…I throw a ball with my right hand catch with a right handed ball glove, the bat will be on my right shoulder. I would kick a ball with my right foot. I play table tennis, tennis, badminton, all as a lefty. I write with my left hand like a right handed person but really benefited from the lesson presented here on the videos about proper slant of the paper etc. I was never back-handed when writing but I also got finger/hand cramped. Artistically I have been a sculptor mostly. When I was testing reaction and speed time with a vehicle braking simulator I tested the most fast of all the drivers..some 95 in the room both men and women. I used my right foot as that is the correct foot for vehicles that I drive. And lastly, but not least, I eat with a fork, spoon in my left hand, cut with table knife right-handed but cut veggies, fruits etc with kitchen knives with left hand.
    Am I called a lefty?

    • Avery says:

      I think it really comes down to what you want to identify yourself as. There’s no black and white concerning anything that has to do with the brain and it’s workings, I don’t think…

  121. Rachel says:

    IM a lefty and proud of it! I have issues in many right handed situations, but many of these things are true! I have a hard time writing and drawing, although im a good artist. Thanks for posting this!

  122. Fatcat says:

    I’m right-handed by birth. I tried writing with my left hand when I was small, but it hurt my hand. I still can’t write neatly with my left, but I can type well with it. I can only write well on a whiteboard with my left hand. Why?
    I think left-handers are good at adapting to difficult situations. My cousin is left-handed(the only one in our family) & she’s ambidextrous. She writes the entire alphabet backwards, even though she’s only 6.

  123. Cody says:

    I love being lefty but, the only problems I have that I notice is, when I go to write I smear ink or lead on my hand if I don’t pick my hand up off the paper. I get indents in the side of my hand when I try and write on a spiral notebook or a 3-ring binder. Other then those 3 things I enjoy being lefty. Glad I saw this page, now I can gloat about my left handedness. :)

    • M MacIntosh says:

      As a veteran teacher, and the mother of a leftie, I always tell the kids to turn the paper rather than bend their wrist. It usually helps with the smudging too!

  124. Purna says:

    I Proud to be a lefty. I write, draw with right hand. But sport, throw and bowl left hand.

  125. boris says:

    Lefty sign painters do a better job on interior glass signs because It’s in reverse and the curves come out proper.stranger still if the lettering is bigger than four inches I have to use my right hand DUH?

  126. dino says:

    i learn to use both hands in writing because all those armchairs at school back then were all for right handed kids,,,it’s an advantages after all,,,i am an ambidextrous LEFTY !

  127. Sylvia says:

    Just thinking of advantages of being left handed as I read
    this news letter and believe that being left handed is advantage when
    it comes to typing. The bias made to slow typists down i.e. there are
    approximately 200 words that can be typed just using the left hand
    whereas there are only 20 using the right hand. Nowadays there is no
    need for this bias – it was to slow the keys to prevent them jamming.

  128. Madhuri says:

    Ok now i feel more happy being a lefty….thnx for the facts.

  129. Grace says:

    I definitely notice the ‘sitting next to a righty’ thing, because at school I’m always bumping my buddies’ elbows at the lab tables. So funny!

    I’m also (not to brag) pretty good at video games. It’s so fun to BEAT MY BUDS at video games and stuff. Sometimes I have to let them win! Haha :D

    GO LEFTIES! Super glad I’m a lefty, even if they call us awkward, clumsy, freaks!

  130. Anne says:

    Another advantage to being a leftie. Because we have to negotiate a right-handed world, we have to learn how to use RH things. I sew, and can use scissors with either hand. It saves moving around the table to get to another cutting angle. I like that my brain can reverse the instructions easily. Try THAT, righties!

  131. Steve Bonelli says:

    Being left handed has made it easier for me to work in mechanical engineering. I always know which direction to turn to loosen any screw or bolt. Being left handed has also made me to start reading a magazine from the back page to the front page. It has also made me learn how to use my right hand with tools and in sports, I have become ambidextrous as a result of being left handed.
    The one thing I have always been troubled with is using cameras which have always been designed for right-handed people. All the buttons and controls are on the right side of the camera. You can only hold the camera with you left hand, you have to use your right hand to press the shutter button.

    • P. Ella says:

      That is compounded if you are left eye dominate as well, the old 35 mm film cameras would have the winder smacking you in the nose ever time you advanced the film.

  132. pete says:

    i am and proud to be a lefty…i work in engineering and can do EVERYTHING the righty’s can do and as all machinery,tooling and measuring equipment is designed and manufactured for right handed people i reckon that makes me pretty damn awesome even if the other guys think i’m just a gammy handed wierdo lol

    what beats me is lefty’s that aren’t openly proud of being so

    also is it just me or does it look totally wierd when you see another lefty doing something?….i’m so used to seeing right handed people doing things that when i see a lefty it stick out like a sore thumb and it takes a second for me to figure out why it doesn’t look right lol

  133. Angela says:

    At least two people who have watched me writing have said that being left-handed is a sign of intelligence (one of them called me a left-handed genius). I also have a good memory, but I hadn’t realised this had anything to do with my being left-handed – is it a coincidence? Who knows.

    • Anne says:

      It IS true Angela…. Lefties ARE smarter and ARE awesome!

    • paul says:

      yep, me too, one of those lefty geniuses, but raised a righty, which while it didn’t cap my ummm genius, certainly made it difficult, whether in art, sports, music or academics…spent my time dealing with the WTF feeling of something is way wrong…but figured it out in my forties…

  134. halida says:

    Well, I’m not good in sports, or video games and I gave up driving because I feel that my brain is overwhelmed by the task. Too many information that has to be processed instantly it suffered from information overload. :D
    But perhaps this is because I was forced to write with my right hand when I was 5?

  135. Judy Pokras says:

    Forgot to say that I’m very visual. I was an art major in college, then studied filmmaking. I love taking photos and I love style, whether in fashion, or decorating a home. And yet I’m also a writer — a journalist as well as a fiction writer. Maybe this combination of visual and writing is due to my being ambidextrous?

  136. Judy Pokras says:

    I’m ambidextrous. I eat, write and do detail-oriented things with my left hand, but I throw and bowl (if ever I bowl, although I’m not much into sports at all) with my right hand. I can write on a blackboard with either hand (the right hand is especially good at large writing) and I can iron with either hand equally well. In fact, I enjoy ironing because it seems to balance my brain. I sometimes feel like my right hand is jealous when my left hand is writing and it is not! I have had a hard time figuring out which hand to hold a tennis racquet in, although I seem to bat lefty. I happen to be right-footed, as if ever I kick, it’s with my right foot.

  137. Judy Pokras says:

    I’m left-handed. I once met a woman at a party (a friend of a friend) who said the most wonderful moment of her life (other than meeting her husband) was when, as a left-handed person, she discovered writing with her right hand. She said it was very freeing, because she was writing away from her body, rather than into her body. Have you ever heard anyone say this?

  138. Liz says:

    I can’t quote research data on this but I’m sure left handed people are more likely to be ambidextrous. This is probably through necessity in a right handed world but most right handers I know can’t do anything much with their left hand. I’m left handed for writing and can’t find my mouth with a spoon in my right hand but I was brought up with the choice of which hand to use. Back in the fifties many implements were solely right handed e.g. scissors and tin openers so I learned to use them in the right handed way. Later in my school career, there was no such thing as a left handed hockey stick so I used the normal stick and was pretty good at hockey! I think I’d have trouble with a left handed tin opener and I know I can’t get along with left handed scissors. The cutting goes wonky!

  139. Robert Jaimes Girard says:

    I come from a family of 10 including my parents. I am one of 8 children and there are 5 left handers in our family and 5 right handers. My mother, my sister and two of my brothers as well as myself are left handed and my dad my other sister and my other 3 brothers are right handed. I also sew alot and I used to sew from left to right just like I was taught by a right handed person and it was always confusing because the thread would often get tangled and knotted. So I discovered that it was easier to sew as a left hander from right to left and the thread never gets tangled at all. I don’t know if that is common knowledge among lefties but if it isn’t it is a tip I like to pass on. Sincerely Robet J. Girard

    • Anne says:

      I’m one of 10 kids. We have only 2 lefties. Myself and one brother. Both parents are RH. I feel very lucky to be LH!

      • Dee says:

        And that goes for me too. Am one of 10 siblings in my family. The rest are right-handed except for me (only). I have often wondered about this but am very proud to be a lefty (one of the world’s 10%). It realyy feels nice!!

  140. Debbie B says:

    Lefties can read things upside down quicker and easier than righties

  141. Aubrey says:

    “Have an easier time writing in Hebrew. Many Arabic languages, including Hebrew are written from right to left. This alleviates the problem that lefties have when writing.”

    Er, Hebrew isn’t an Arabic language :P

  142. Trevor says:

    Am left hand totally! & am born on the 13th of August! its a good day to celebrate 2 occasions!!!

  143. Darryl Swearingen says:

    I really enjoy reading you newsletter and yall do a great job keeping us informed…..I am a leftie in most ways….anything I swing I do it right handed…..I eat, write, or throw, bowl left handed…..is that strange or are is their others like me…..just wondering………..thanks…….

  144. Dennis Goldberg says:

    I love being left handed for one reason only it irritates my daughter because I use it as a mock superiority thing and so I press the point for a laugh, however I neither feel proud or otherwise or anything else, I’m simply left handed and until I found out about the left-handed club and was told how different I was supposed to be I managed very well ( for the past 69 years). Please enjoy whatever you do, but don’t take being left handed so seriously – move on!!!!

  145. Ed says:

    Left-handed guitarists don’t get bothered by other people wanting to play their guitars ;-)

  146. Louise says:

    In reply to Andrea, I find that I’m quite awkward when it comes to using a knife and fork. I’ll use my left hand to hold the knife to cut and the weaker right hand to hold the meat down with a fork. But once i’m done cutting I swap them over so that I can poke the meat with my fork! AHAHAHA i’m such a weirdo, but it feels weird using a fork in my non-dominant hand.

    • Ed says:

      Most people here in the states do that but in reverse. No table manners…

      • pete says:

        i always use my fork and spoon in my left hand and my knife in my right….it just feels wierd having them the other way round..however when preparing food i always use the knife in my left hand

  147. Collin says:

    It’s true lefties are better at video games. Unless I’m not really paying attention, I usually beat my friends (who are right-handed) at Mario Kart DS.

  148. Andrea says:

    I’m also a left handed, iI draw, write, paint and do sports with my left hand, but somehow I take my glass (most of the time) with my rigth. And i also eat like a rigthhanded (knife on the rigth, fork on the left) is that normal.

    BTW. I love being a lefty, and I think that all of the benefits are true. I am very viasual.

  149. Amanda says:

    I am also a left handed person and a very proud one as such. When i always remember, i make extra sure i do every thing with it though i still do the same when i forget. It’s natural and is also one of the greatest gift God has ever given to mankind.Although i write with my right hand, i don’t worry because my mum said it was a very difficult task for her because she’s a right handed person. My people, if you are a left handed person, don’t worry because you’re unique.

  150. Le anne says:

    i love being left handed i just dont see, in school people took the mick as i just cant struggle but then i am top of my class as being a leftie, i dont see their problems GO ON LEFTIES!!!!!!

  151. Ginger says:

    I have noted many advantages to being a ‘lefty’ and only a few irritating disadvantages .
    First, the disadvantages- Most right handed people have NO clue as to how difficult or how hard we work at fitting in. Most everything is made to cater toward the right handed people so many things are at first are quite awkward for us to utilize. Other than those minor inconveniences? Being a lefty is AWESOME!

    First, we are quite brilliant. Think about it. For everything a righty does a lefty learns at least twice! We learn it the righty way and turn it around for us to use. We adapt quicker than most because we adapt daily. What right handed people take for granted we have to ‘fix’ to work for us.

    Writing: Because I am a lefty, I have had the wonderful experience of dragging ink and pencil across my papers to where everything that was readable looked quite dingy or dirty. To compensate for this, I first turned my papers to the other extreme and wrote left slanted. I didn’t like that look so I learned to write up and down. My paper, dead center and writing with hand placed below the lines… Because of my constant adapting on this I can write upside down, left, right, backward etc. and I can also read this way. Including mirror images.

    As a mother, of 5 right handed kids, teaching them as they have grown has been a BREEZE! All I ever had to do was sit in FRONT of them and do something and they were able to pick up the ‘how-to’s ‘ quite easily! As if they were looking in a mirror. The same has gone toward my own learning. I have taught myself how to crochet, paint, sculpt, bead, make wire jewelry, all by watching a right handed person in front of me rather than beside me or behind me. Makes it quite simple too when learning via the internet!

    When dining out I make sure that I inform everyone that I must sit on the outside unless they wish to be wearing their meal instead of enjoying it…of course this is said with a laugh- though I mean every word! lol I used to obsess when drinking or eating, until I learned that the right handed world has me, a lefty, as their guest. LOL So I sit, I lift my glass in my left hand and keep it near me…

    I have adapted in the way that I am patient and often take visual ‘cues’ from others as to whether they are left or right handed… and in my occupations, moved forward…. As a rule I place everything in the ‘center’ and allow others to take from their preferred direction.

    I do find it uncomfortable when passing others, or shaking hands (when forced to shake right handed I feel as if I am somehow lying..lol) taking change or when going to hug someone- I never quite know how to proceed- other than by allowing others to make the first move! Once that is established everything else just flows into place.

    I march to the beat of my own drummer- my first step is with my left foot. I lead with the left and go opposite of everyone else. As I am grown now the world is more enjoyable- but as a child being a lefty was a total pain! Teachers never understood me. Were constantly on my back to write with my right hand- yes. I have been hit with a ruler and even called ‘devils spawn’ by a teacher repeatedly- until I told my mother and she went and set her straight! Never piss off the mother of devil spawn! lol

    other advantages are- right handed people leave OUR stuff alone! They either don’t understand it or are too baffled to proceed!… I was never bugged for my ‘notes’, Use of my office space or my computer. I ALWAYS buy a universal mouse for my computer and set it up for my left hand. I have noticed that as a lefty I prefer the uniball mouse over the so called normal, button variety. As a lefty I have more dexterity and a better ability to maneuver the ball rather than deal with a scroller or various buttons for functions. Drives my hubby insane! hehehe

    I get to keep my kitchen to myself as NO one can every find anything! :D I place it where it should be…of course…for a lefty like me! :P

    • Yogendra says:

      I am touched with comments and happy to know all. I am parent of left handed son. I am always upset of seeing his progress in writing and reading skill. The most difficult part for my son is no one can teach him on left handed process that make him slow and of course untidy as mentioned. I joined left handed club specially to understand the way to deal with my son on study. Now I realised why teacher complain about him so often. Secondly I am getting ideas from developed world whereas in Nepal it is very serios problem for children as there is no guidance and facilitation from children. The product you have been mentioning it is also not available in Nepal so that makes convenient for left handed people.
      Genious and intelligent that is different story and advanatages is always good. But as parent basic education is the most important and if I could facilitate my son in his study that will be great for me . So I am in real need of help for not only son but nepali children who are sufferening for the progress. I like to keep lefty very proud but like to include my son also.

  152. Claire says:

    I was provided with left-handed scissors in grade school- and could not use them. Still, (aged 36), I much-prefer to hold a scissor with my right hand, (but otherwise my left hand is very dominant). Is this common for lefties?

    • Donna says:

      Yes, I do the same thing!! Left-handed for most everything, EXCEPT for holding scissors.

      • pete says:

        i do almost everything left handed except any batting sports as then i use the bat right handed

        • Steve says:

          My right hand is only useful for holding down whatever my left is working on. The only thing in this world that I do right handed is bat when playing baseball. I guess it was just too weird for my dad to try to teach me with a left-handed grip, and to this day a left-handed grip feels awkward to me. I am also left eye dominant and always play kicking sports left leg dominant. I used to work at an telecommunication equipment manufacturer and built circuit boards by hand. I had the usual difficulties dealing with equipment and work positions designed for right-handed folk, but overcame these and was as productive as everybody else.
          At one point in the history of that company in Oklahoma City, they would not hire lefties as they felt we couldn’t work as efficiently as righties. Happily that practice was stopped at some point in the late 1960′s to early 1970′s.

      • Angela says:

        I agree. I’m left handed for almost everything, but using scissors is the only thing I can do better with my right hand.

      • ANGELA says:

        I am left handed for almost everything, but the only things I find easier with my right hand are using a computer mouse (although it’s getting easier to use my left hand) and scissors.

  153. Abdur-Rehman says:

    I am lefty. I do everything with left hand such as eat, draw, drink, throw ball, kicks etc….

  154. Sophie O. says:

    I am left-handed and have never noticed any of those things. But I only ever write, draw, paint and colour with my left hand i do everything else with my right. Is that normal?

    • Sophie M. says:

      Hey, my name is Sophie too! And yes it’s normal, I am the same way! Except for a couple sports I do just as easily with my left hand as my right, and using scissors too. I’m sure there’s a few other things I can do with my left, but I can’t think of any at the moment!

    • Me says:

      It is normal. I have it same way, using my left only to write and my right for everything that requires power/coordination. It may confuse someone, feeling like they aren’t sure if they’re left/right handed. In fact, this “phenomena” is called cross-dominance, and originates from us, lefties, struggling around in right handed world, learning to use “their” tools (I don’t feel like alien because I’m left handed, it’s natural). But I do recall, thinking about this, when I was a little boy and started to draw pictures and write, my sentences had same look as usual sentence (like this one), but they all had mirrored letters. Lately I found a notebook from this age, it’s damn confusing to read it since I got used to rightie’s way of writing :) Anyone had same experience?

      • Nancy the B. says:

        I’ve had the same experience with learning to write. My b’s and d’s were always mixed up, same with p’s and q’s. I also would begin and end the written letters at the opposite end for much of the alphabet, for example, when writing an x, a righty would make this (/) cross first and I would do the opposite cross. I definitely made things confusing for a while and had a few teachers tell me I was wrong, but in the end I know better. As long as my finished product was correct, and I did eventually get my mirrored writing straightend out, it doesn’t matter how you get there, just that you get there. Just goes to show there’s always more than one way of doing things.

        Now that I’m older and I try my hand at learning new skills, I find it more difficult to get on with choosing a dominant hand. When I took a class in beading necklaces, I spent more time trying to figure out which hand would do what job and got so far behind that I just gave up on it.

        • Me says:

          Hah, those X’s.. I’m doing them this way all my life :) Trying to learn ambidexterity now, it is an interesting topic.. It’s been like 4 days, and I’m already using my left to grab things more than I ever did. It’s still hard to get used to mirrored way of thinking, and my right still dominates, yet the left is kind of “awakening to life”. When I began, maybe second day, I had a strange feeling, almost like something dead that was there is ressurected. Something you’ve never counted on is now usable, and better thing: my left is learning fast. I explain this to myself as there is some kind of central memory in brain, and when you start to do things with left, it has it much easier since the right has already learned it. It’s really an interesting topic. Some say it increases intelligence (I do it more to balance myself in strenght training), but also, I noticed a bit of change in myself – I’m somewhat happier and more chatty, and more confident about myself, and I might even say that I think differently. Definitely something to follow, hope it does not develop split personality :)

  155. Lee says:

    Left-handed women are less likely to have their bags snatched. Why? Because bag snatchers practice on women who carry their bags on their right shoulders.

  156. Susie S says:

    Well, we all know that there aren’t always advantages…! Have just read an article on cracked.com that lists a whole heap of disadvantages:

    http://www.cracked.com/article_19808_5-reasons-being-left-handed-screws-you-life.html
    Not to put a downer on it all, but…!

  157. Faith Louise says:

    Leftie- taught myself how to play the guitar, right handed player. Throw a baseball lefthanded, but bat righthanded.

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  159. sofia says:

    The visually oriented may very well be true . i’m great with all kind of arts i’ve tried the strongest being drawing. The only one i never tried was sculpting.
    Although languages are my other strong points: i’m one of the top five best studenst in portuguese, i can score 97% in english tests without bothering to study, my teatcher oftently praises my extense vocabullary for an 8th grader learning a foreign language. and i get 5′s (1 being the worse and 5 the maximum grade) in french (tough i don’t like it much. i find it really annoying and the teatcher is obnoxious. It’s the only school subject everybody in my class hates)

  160. doug b. says:

    little late to the party here(just like a lefty),but a couple of things seemed to be missing from the existing posts,and wanted to comment.played golf from a very young age(rightie),and if you play or know about the golf swing,the left is the dominant hand on the club.in fact,in warm-up and practice,one of the established drills is to take your right hand off the club and swing naturally.also have taken up guitar recently,as i cant play drums(very ambidextrous instrument,naturally) anymore due to some hearing issues,and chose right-handed guitar,again due to it’s dominating the industry.learned very quickly that chord changes and such are much more complex than strumming patterns(again,huge edge to the lefty).just some encouragement to lefties to find those things,even right-centric,that can be right(sic) on for us “freaks”(lol).lastly,and for my money most importantly,no king’s or world leaders have a left hand man,and if you know your bible,no one sits at the left hand of God.maybe when you get to heaven there will be a vacancy,and you can smile and take a seat.

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  162. Emily says:

    I wish that I had I teacher that is left-handed, like the teacher i had last year.

  163. Emily says:

    i am a lefty but my teacher is a rightie and she hates me because of that. I try and write with my right hand but it always turns out to be very bad handwriting.Can someone help me or i am going to jump of form to top of the school.

    • sofia says:

      Tell that teatchers of yours that if she doesn’t like that caracteristic it’s probably because she’s threatened by your awesomeness…

      • pete says:

        well said Sophie lol…..teacher probably feels threatened as she knows that us lefty’s are better than the righy’s
        and Emily tell that teacher of yours that “what does it matter if you use your left hand so long as you get your work done and its at a level that can be checked/read” …

  164. Kathryn says:

    I was thinking that with all the benefits of being left handed, why not try to make my future children left handed? For example, from birth just do most things with the baby’s left hand. Example, give a toy to the left hand, hold the left hand, put silverware in the left hand, and then put a writing utensil in the left hand. I was still writing with both hands at Kindergarten and was leaning toward my left hand, but my teacher forced me to write with my right hand and it stuck. I also wrote in mirror image for awhile. So is it a good idea to try to make my future kid a left handed person?

    • Ryan says:

      Kathryn In Kindegarten I did not have any problems my except for 1 time I was learning how to make the letter and I could not make it

    • Ginger says:

      It is NOT good to try to force a child to be a leftie any more than to try to force a leftie into being a righty. I am left handed and all of my children are right handed. All 5 of them. But, when they were children I gave them the choice. I would hold up an item in the ‘center’ and allow them to grab for it with which ever hand they wanted. Just because they did not choose being a leftie, I didn’t not continue to force it. Once a child has made the choice- after you offer them a utensil and allow them to grab it with the hand that they instinctively use… honor that choice and let it go. If they end up being a left handed child be prepared to help them through the struggles of it…lol and if they are indeed right handed? That’s okay too.

  165. Cheryl says:

    An online friend just steered me to this site, and it’s been a fun read! I absolutely love being a leftie! So I’m a bit clumsy at times, and when I was a child I got left and right mixed up, and I always had a dirty left sleeve from dragging my hand across the page while writing with a pencil. Oh, well! I found it interesting that lefties tend to draw figures facing right, and in my case this was true. I’m also artistic, as many lefties are. Smart? I’d like to think so–LOL!

    I never did learn to use left-handed scissors–they weren’t available, so I used right-handed ones, and now I can’t cut with scissors in my left hand. I use both hands for many tasks. I think many lefties learn to be slightly ambidextrous. When I learned to use a computer mouse a number of years ago, the mouse was always on the right side for my husband’s convenience. I never thought to switch it over to the left, so I learned to use a mouse right-handed. I type with a two-finger method and can go pretty fast.

    I simply cannot fathom the prejudice in some cultures against left-handedness, but there’s no logic in any kind of prejudice, anyway. Left-handedness is something a person is born with. Our brains are wired a bit differently. If you try to force a child to use their right hand, you mess with their mind! I’m glad I live in a more enlightened age and place. No offense intended to anyone who feels differently.

  166. Eileen says:

    I am also a leftie and find it quite advantageous. Both my parents were right-handed, however my younger sister and I are both left-handed out of five children.

    I can do many things right handed because thats just how the world is set up and how i grew up; just accepting the situations and dealing with them and its not a big deal. The only thing that really irritates me is having to sign those credit card machines at the stores!

    Also, when I write I don’t turn my paper toward the right; I keep it turned toward the left or straight! Don’t know why but its more comfortable that way and I don’t have to look like my hand is deformed while I am writing like some lefties do!

    :-)

  167. Dr. Musa says:

    I’m proud 2 b a left handed coz i feel better during my work, i ‘m a Dental Surgeon as well as a Maxillo-facial Surgeon, during my operation procedure left hand make me more efficient than others as left sided procedure i can perform without moving my position/body but only move to the left hand as well as right hand i cam perform simultiniously,
    thats why i feel proud………

    • Anne says:

      I’m a lefty dental assistant. Makes assisting a right-handed dentist really easy. Also worked in OMFS for several years. I can see how being a lefty surgeon would be an advantage in bilateral, team surgeries. You must be a very popular surgery team member!

  168. Alisa says:

    Being left handed has an advantage if you use the mouse with your right hand because you can still write with your left hand, etc. and you don’t have to keep putting the pen down when scrolling on the computer.

    • Dot says:

      These comments are so interesting! I never thought of the computer mouse thing, but it’s very true! And the keyring thing is one of the only right-handed things I can’t get used to. Drives me nuts!

    • Laura says:

      That is so true :) it boggles peoples minds at work when I do that :)

    • Martin says:

      I’m the same, I also use the mouse right handed. When I tried to use it left handed it felt so uncomfortable.

      I use the same principle with the phone. Answer it right handed and it will leave your left hand free to write messages.

  169. Manoj Kumar Verma says:

    I am a teacher in a high school and I teach Geography. I find it very easy to draw the maps and diagrams on the black board while teaching. Students are surprised to see me writing with my left hand. I also type on computer with a fast speed. I am proud to be a left handed. thanks and regards.

  170. Baig says:

    I would love to drive a vehicle which should be left-hand drive!

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  172. Ron says:

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    Thanks
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  174. Lisa Banks says:

    Quite a lot of these aren’t true in my case, I can’t remember anything, I wasn’t very good at learning to drive, I haven’t got good hand-eye co-ordination and I am not good at making decisions or multi-tasking, I do craft things like card-making, but they don’t always come out right.

  175. Richard says:

    When I was in my early sixties _ I’ll be 77 next month – my mother “confessed” that when I was very young, she would always switch forks and spoons, as well as pencils from my left hand to my right. My older sister confirmed this when I relayed this to her. I’ve always had tremendous eye-hand coordination – excellent at basketball shooting, pool and in the army had the highest scores in my company on the rifle and pistol ranges. I now believe that that these abilities were mostly due to using both hands for different tasks. I’ve always done many ordinary things as a lefty without really being aware of it until now – using a can-opener (as awkward as it is), playing cards, using a key, opening a door , etc. About 5 years ago, my wife showed me an aritcle in the paper of a Harvard study in which “other-handed” persons were more likely to have better memories – mine is excellent. I sincerely believe that if not for the if not for the idiotic prejudice vs lefties in those days – the late 1930′s in my case – I would not have had these skills. I just wish my mother had told me a lot earlier!

  176. Lorraine says:

    I hate to spoil the fun but this is terribly biased news :P I believe for IQs the graph formed by left-handers consists of 2 humps as opposed to the usual normal distribution; this simply means that statistically yes, we tend to have higher IQs OR lower IQs… so it’s that we either fall short of the average or exceed the average. Many books on left-handedness will show this. I think it’s one of the most studied things in the left-handed corpus.

    Most people don’t care if you do bump into them at the table, from my exp (using your left).

    I think that it is an advantage in typing though. I’m actually terrible at it (given the amount I’ve to type) but the left-handedness compensates and I manage to pass as normal.

  177. aswathy says:

    being a lefty i had a crucial time in my schooldays,but now I’m enjoying this rare gift…
    Now I’m looking forward for a spouse who is lefty…

    • Amy says:

      If you’re looking for a lefty spouse with the intention of having lefty kids, I have some bad news for you. Handedness is not inherited. What is inherited is the STRENGTH of handedness. For example, you could do everything left-handed and be able to do nothing right-handed. Your child could have the same strength of handedness, but be right-handed (not able to do anything left-handed). I write right-handed, but do a lot of things left-handed (some sports I am dominant with my left). My son is a lefty, but can do certain things righty. We are both considered “weak” in our handedness (by the way, his father is a righty, too – a very strong righty, too). Just thought you should know. :)

  178. shilpa says:

    i am working as lecturer and i found it dificult sometime to write on board and see towards student at the same time but i am proud to be left handed ………….

  179. neeraja says:

    too good!i am proud that god made me a left hander!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  180. laura597 says:

    When I was a Mortgage loan processor, I constantly used one of those big professional calculators which are all made for righties. With my right hand I taught myself 10 key by touch, meaning I could write in the numbers on the forms with my left, making me more efficient, and was soon the lead processor in the office.

  181. Ekhlas says:

    I’m 23 years old, When I had found this web site I had discover so many thing’s about my self, and I had understand why some things happens, I had faced allot of problems in school but now I’m studying in college and I’m start getting a good degrees. I like sport’s and video games, and I’m studying computer science. Maybe the biggest problem I had faced that my hand writing in Arabic is terrible but in English I gauss it’s more better.

    • Ahmed says:

      My writing in english is crap, but pretty fair in arabic, considering i’ve only written arabic like 1/500 the amount I write english. Try ‘speeding’ through your writing a bit.

  182. Edith Frank says:

    I think eating left handed is much more efficient than te way righties do in the US.
    They switch hands – cut the food, trade the knife for the fork and eat right handed.
    My husband alhough a rightie is from Europe, so we both eat two handed – fork in left hand, knife in the right. Seems much less awkward.
    I have always been lefthanded, and no one ever tried to force me to switch. However in my younger days, there were no left handed scissors, so I learned to use the right handed ones. Big surprise when I was in my 60′s I broke my right arm, and I was astonished to find all the things I needed it for. Door knobs turn to the right. Very frustrating

  183. Val says:

    On learning to write at school, age 5, it seemed most natural to write everything mirror image from the right hand page into the middle of my exercise book. Fortunately, I soon learned to write the ‘normal’ way.
    The most frustrating thing I find is trying to open a keyring to put a key on it. Whichever way round you turn it, the keyring opens the same side – it takes me forever!
    I am left handed for finer skills like writing, sewing, using scissors etc, but use my right hand for sports.
    I’m left-eared – cant seem to comprehend so well if I try and use the right ear!

    • Janice says:

      I’m exactly the same! I do all intricate movement with my left hand and play all sports with my right hand. Also I have discovered my left hearing is better than my right. And I thought it was just me!

  184. LoveLeft says:

    Learn to knit by sitting across from your instructor, ’cause it’s a lot easier to learn when actions are reversed for you. Then, when you’ve mastered that, sit beside an instructor and learn to knit right-handed. Then when you’re doing just straight rows of a stich you never have to stop and turn the knitting needles around to do the next row!

    • Lesley-Ann says:

      It works the same for if you’re learning to play the guitar! I used to mirror my instructor!!

      • Elizabeth says:

        I play guitar right handed, but one day a lefty firend of mine who also plays right handed was trying to show me a complicated riff and I just couldn’t get it. Then another lefty friend, who plays guitar left, came and sat down with his guitar. He showed me thr riff and I got it no problem! It was easier to learn by watching it being played the lefty way!

  185. LoveLeft says:

    5% of the general population are left-handed. By the time you get to graduate school, 30% of grad school students are left-handed. Scientists thing that it’s because left-handed people’s left-side/right-side brains are more integrated from their daily using both hands more.

  186. netta goldsmith says:

    This is a query more than a a comment: Has any research been done on whether the percentage of left handers who get smoking related diseases is higher or lower than the figure for right handers? I ask because I am 80 years old and have been smoking for 60 years with no ill effects so far.

  187. Kota says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but my sense of direction is terrible. I regularly get lost in my own hometown, whereas my mother, who is also naturally left-handed, has a wonderful sense of direction and never gets lost. My father, on the other hand, writes with his right (see what I did there?) and has almost as bad a sense of direction as I do.

    I’ve noticed that I have a much stronger grip with my right hand than I do my left. My doctor even commented on it. Perhaps I’ve developed the stronger grip to compensate for the lack of skill?

    When I took calligraphy, I had a hard time too, until I figured out how to make the letters backwards. It worked wonderfully for me and my writing was among the best in the class, even though I took longer than most people to write out the assignment.

    As for being visual and artistic, I’d say that’s true for me too. I always learned better when I had some sort of diagrams or even just notes on the blackboard to work from. I don’t learn very well with a teacher lecturing and me trying to take notes while listening. When it comes to art, I can’t draw to save my life, but I do make beautiful jewelry.

  188. Amanda says:

    Hi, so many interesting comments on here. I am a true lefty. Left handed and left footed. I write with my pen and hand straight and tilt my paper. Always have done although as a child in reception my old fashioned teacher used to make me write with my right hand. Consequently I can write with it neatly but it’s not comfortable. I can also do mirror writing with ease and it’s a bit of a party trick to be honnest. I can write perfectly neatly and legibly backwards and joined up. Plus I can read this mirror writing quite easily. The best trick has to be bring able to read upside down. Fab for reading to the kids in bed… But incredibly handy for reading other peoples notes in meetings…!!!!!! I read somewhere that it’s only lefties that can do this mirror writing and only circa 5% of those as well… So I feel very special being left handed!! I live in the uk and believe me learning to drive I found gear changes easy but omg my steering took a long time to master!! I love being left handed but it’s silly things that I find frustrating… like buttons on a photocopier on the right, those stupid desk and chair combos at colleges that make trying to get a file or pad and pen plus your hand on it a bit of a nightmare. Plus putting tickets in tube station ticket machines.. I just can’t do it with my right hand so end up looking very awkward. Sports were definitely fun- rounders, table tennis, fencing and bainton… Always found it an advantage to be left handed. But hockey… Hmm that was harder!

  189. Mike Calginia says:

    I grew up with family members who are all righthanders. No one, even the in-laws were and are right-handers. I was taught to use my right hand when using a scrubbing sponge, an auto wax applicator and a pair of scissors. I now use both hands to achieve these and other task. This has made me feel more balanced than the average right-hander. I tend to see things with my inner visualization and can copy images that come close to the actual item I am drawing. I believe lefties are more versatile and adaptable, we have to accomodate to the right-handed world. Even my home’s kitchen is designed for a leftie, though not intentionally. My Mom was the only one who was truly ambidextrous, and I did learn a lot by watching her. Imitation is the first form of flattery, and Mom was truly a miracle in human kind.

  190. Gary says says:

    I am from the US and I am 68 years old. I have had to adapt as all of you had to. Back then I don’t think anything was made for a left hander. I learned to play baseball right handed because we only had a right handed glove. I went to a Catholic school but was never made to switch hands. Did you all know that it is easier for a right handed child to learn how to tie shoes if they are being taught by a left handed person. You sit face to face and tie their shoes as a left handed person but the child see the process as right handed and vica versa. A left handed child should be taught by a right handed person.

    • Susan Smith says:

      Gary,
      I agree wholeheartedly about learning to try your shoes. My older sister tried to compensate for me left-handed-ness by reversing how she tied her shoes when she taught me how to tie shoelaces. Consequently, I am 50 and still cannot tie my shoes to stay tied without concentrating on the tyeing. I tie them half way as a left handed person, then reverse the process, so my bows are perpendicular to the initial tie. I was 30 when I made a friend of mine work me through it one step at a time. I look forward to when I can wear Velcro shoes that do not look dorky. Probably next year. :-)

  191. Palom says:

    I don’t know if this happens to you too, but it drives me crazy when after buying something and paying by credit card the shop assistant ALWAYS holds the receipt for me to sign and tilts it to my right, and when I try to take it in my hands and incline it to my left they look at me like what the hell are you doing? and explaining that I cant sign with it positioned like that gets tiresome not to mention that sometimes they don’t understand it.

    • Cindy says:

      I have had a similar experience…when the clerk places the receipt for signature…I just smile and turn it the other way….most of the time they are not holding on to it….if they are….I just wait a second and do the same….no one has ever commented back a word.

  192. Mala says:

    I’m nearly 65. My father refused to let me use my left hand but I did when he wasn’t looking. I always use my cutlery the ‘wrong way round’. I can read very easily upside down and can read and write backwards with ease – apparently something lefties find easy. But I am an atrocious speller – is this common?
    Always been both Artistic and mathematical. Tremendous sense of spacial awareness so don’t get lost and can think in 3D.
    Also found left foot breaking in an automatic car very easy to learn.
    Love being left handed.

    • Lesley-Ann says:

      I’m not sure being a good speller has anything to do with being left-handed. I’m left-handed, but I am an excellent speller. Maybe it’s because us lefties use the visual side of our brains a lot more. So, I guess it is easier for us to ‘see’ words in our mind’s eye once we’ve seen them on paper? It would be interesting to do a study on this though…..

      • Ahmed says:

        I know what you mean. I made it to the school spelling bee finals in middle school, and whenever I think of a word, I ALWAYS see it written god knows where in my mind.

        • Angela says:

          I completely agree, I read a lot and whenever I need to spell something I picture it in my mind. I don’t know about you, but when I talk I can see what I’m going to say in my mind I just do it without even thinking. Not sure if that has anything to do with being left handed or not.

    • Mike says:

      Greetings from Malaysia, South East Asia.. I do agree with controlling both the pedals with your left foot while driving an automatic car. We drive right handed here.. Once i was relaxing my right foot near the right corner aircon while driving with my left foot. The passengers in the cars that overtook me stared at me.. I just smiled and dove on happily knowing that i can do something that <10% (not all lefties can drive with their left foot) of the entire world population of 6billion (and growing) knows..

  193. Travis says:

    My left arm has always felt heavier more deliberate steady and powerful. My right has always felt lighter quicker but not as strong. Id say like thunder and lightning if i were a boxer fast quick jabs with the right a knockout club with the overhand left. Has anyone else noticed a difference like that?

    • Liz says:

      Whenever I ask anyone if they have a different feeling in their left and right arms they look at me as if I’m completely mad! It’s good to know someone else has this experience.

  194. Marleen says:

    I think it’s an advantage to be a leftie.
    For my job, I can use the computer mouse with my right hand and take notes at the same time with my left hand, and call at the same time. Quite a multitasker!
    Only one difficulty: writing on a white board, because while writing you’ll wipe everything out that you just wrote.

  195. Jo Jones says:

    One of my best friends, a leftie, sent me this link. She knows I’ve had a “thing” for left-handed men but have never dated one. Years ago when I played raquetball I never had any problem bumping into my partners on the court until I played another right-hander. Realized then that my previous 3 women partners had all been left-handed and obviously wanted to be on the opposite side of the court to play their forehand. Years later when my son played lacrosse, the program director pointed out that he was so successful at lacrosse because he played the sport left-handed even though he wrote with his right. I hadn’t realized it. When asked, my son said he batted left-handed too. It’s harder for goalies and defensemen to defend against a leftie.

  196. Cat says:

    I don’t understand the getting a better seat at the table one. If you are using a knife and fork in the correct manner then you are using both hands. The only advantage left handers have is that the left hand being dominant they may have better control over their fork than a right hander may do. Can anyone explain what is meant by this one?

    • Mahva says:

      Being left handed, I don’t sit on the right of right-handed people. This usually means that I’ve got a corner at the table, which gives me more room. This minimizes the chance to bump someone’s arm, glass or other things when dining.

    • Torrence says:

      If you are bringing the food to your mouth with your right hand, and the person next to you is bringing the food to their mouth with their left hand, the arms and hands bump each other. This isn’t the same as cutting food, which is used with both hands.

    • Travis says:

      What was meant I believe is that left handers get placed at the head of a long table or an end. This has always been my expierence.

    • Susan Smith says:

      It was not until I was an adult that I became aware of the switching of the hands for cutting. My mother was older when I was born, so, aside from the basic manners, I think she just gave up. I was taught to eat- unknowingly at the time – in the continental manner, so my fork and knife never change hands. My sons, however, mimicked their father and eat American style.

    • Cindy says:

      I started thinking of my placement at the table at an early age….
      I always try to sit at the end of a table so I don’t bump elbows with the person next to me, which is generally a right handed person…it sure makes eating more pleasant…lots of my friends now realize what I am doing and are always accomodating : )

    • Elizabeth says:

      I’m a lefty and I eat american style, with my left hand. And I always sit on the left corner of the table. Afew years ago I badly sprained my right wrist playing tennis. When that happened I learned to use the sideof mt fork to cut my food and eat with only one hand. I also now playe tennis and badminton with my left hand where previously I played with my right hand.

    • Tayeb says:

      Hi dear Cat
      As a left-handed I suppose your question can be answered by keeping this famous proverb in mind: “practice makes perfect”. suppose there are lots of people who were samples of lefties but following some bad events such as a terrible accidend they lost their left hand and started to use their right one in an appropriate manner.
      I wish you the best my dear
      Tayeb Hassan-pour, Iranian university studend majoring in English lg. translation

    • Jenny says:

      Cat, another explanation to your question would be that if you use chopsticks, as I do in an asian family, it can be a much bigger problem. Either your elbow bumps into other people, or your chopsticks do. To avoid so, sitting on the left end of a table helps a lot.

  197. Susantha says:

    I think being left handed has both advantages and disadvantages. At cricket i was effective as a left handed bowler. As a golfer I think left handers tend to “slice” more than right handers. Also most golf courses are designed to catch the leftie “out of Bounds”. As a student, a long time ago Chemistry titrations with a burette was difficult for left handers. The same applied to Physics experiments involving parallax, refraction, focussing etc.
    I agree that in general lefties record higher IQs. Of course lefties cannot play hockey.

    • Mahva says:

      Leftys can’t play hockey? Since when? I played hockey when I was a child. While my stick was made for a right handed person, I used it the way I did my racquets and other things and drove the other team crazy. Everyone always shouted that I was playing wrong. Coach then realized that I was left handed. Just adapt to what you’re given and use it to your advantage.

    • Travis says:

      Was that a joke that left handers can’t play hockey? 90% of the NHL are left hand shots despite many being right handed.

      • Holly says:

        Well I don’t know what the NHL hockey sticks are like but I remember playing hockey at school in the UK and it was extremely difficult with a right-handed stick as the bottom part is curved on one side. As a lefty, holding the stick the other way round (left hand lower for better control instead of right) the curved part would be the bit you had to hit the puck with and it just doesn’t work! The sticks were quite heavy (wooden) and it was really tough to control them the ‘right’ way. Not sure if I’ve made sense.. :-)

    • Elizabeth says:

      What do you mean leftys can’t play hockey? I play left handed and have a big advantage over the righties. The never know where I’m gonna shoot since I can go both ways. When I play goalie however I play right handed simply because that is the equipment I had to play with. But my right handed brother cannot play goalie right handed, he plays left.

  198. Anne O'Mahony says:

    Had to laugh at the comment about having an excellent sense of direction. I am renowned in the family for not having one! I can get lost going round a roundabout!
    As I live in France I am also driving on the “wrong side” of the road. It’s far easier to change gear with your left hand than the right or is that just me?

    • Anne Brown says:

      Me too… perhaps it’s the name as well as the left-handedness! I have a dreadful sense of direction, and often come out of shops and head off confidently, only to have to turn around before too long…

      • Lesley-Ann says:

        Well, I was pleasantly surprised at the not getting lost. As a left-hander I’ve found myself to be excellent at directions. Once proper directions are given to me, I tend to find the place first time. But I never attributed this to being left-handed.

    • Anne says:

      Dear Annes!

      I, too, am an Anne with an ‘e’! My sense of misdirection is legendary. My daughter teases me that I can get lost, even with a GPS. Maybe, we need to do a study on lefties named Anne and sense of direction!

  199. Dale Nees says:

    Here in the USA we often use the drive up window at restaurants and drug stores. Our left arms stick out the car window so we leftys are always more efficient at using drive up windows.
    Nearly all powered woodworking equipment are unsafe for leftys, especially circular saws. When Porter Cable came out with a left handed model I got one. Now I have a good excuse for not loaning it out

    • Anne says:

      I, too, have had trouble with circular saws. I have to be VERY careful to loop the cord over my arm, to keep it out of the way of the blade. It gives me time to make sure that I have on my eye protection, etc…, so I think I’m safer than some folks. It sure looks funny to the righties, though!

  200. LaRue Wunderlich says:

    This is not exactly an advantage, but it does indicate how one adapts to the right handed world.
    I got a left-handed corkscrew. When using a right-handed corkscrew, I put the tip of the screw in the cork, hold it steady and upright, and then turn the bottle. I have used the left-handed corkscrew in the normal manner. However, I have found when I extract the corkscrew from the cork I have become so used to the way a right-handed corkscrew works that I screw the cork I screw it into my hand.

    It is fun, however, to hand the corkscrew to a right-hander and watch the show.

  201. Stephanie Hayes says:

    I believe we left handers are more observant than our right-handed counterparts. Over the years (I’m 64 now!) I’ve done my own amateur market research and asked left and right handers at random if they notice someone is left or right. Invariably the right-handers don’t BUT left-handers always are aware if a person is left or right. I worked with a colleague for over 3 years and close to my leaving the company, writing at her desk, she commented, “Oh Stevie, I didn’t realise you were left-handed!”
    Has anyone else made these observations?

    Lefties Rule!!

    • Jess says:

      Ya, I noticed the same thing – we lefties always notice each other, while right-handed people never notice!

    • Charlie says:

      Yes !! Especially while watching TV or reading magazines. I’m always looking for one of us out there.. and I can strike up conversations easily with them as we…

    • Karyn M. says:

      I agree, Stephanie! I always notice if a person is left or right handed. My husband, who is a righty, NEVER notices unless I point it out!

    • ellen ternes says:

      Watch people applauding. Most people kind of hold up one hand and clap the other one into it. I, a lefty, hold up my right hand and clap my left hand into it. My few left handed friends say they do the same. On the other hand (pardon the pun) right handed people I’ve asked hold up their left and clap their right into it. My quick and totally unscientific observation of groups of people applauding finds most people holding up the left and clapping with the right, which would correlate with the majority of most groups being right handed. Try to clap opposite from the way you instinctively do. It feels weird.

      • Debby says:

        I am left handed in most things, however I must be clapping right handed as I hold up my left hand and clap my right into it. I am also right eyed and eared. My brain must be really messed up..

    • Mahva says:

      Stephanie:

      I believe this to be true. I’m always watching people’s movements and make comment when I notice that someone’s lefty. You are also correct that rightys don’t notice this at all. They seem to assume that everyone else is right handed.

      My hubby and son are right handed, which I feel sorry for them on. It still drives hubby wild that I’m always veering to the left, especially at the grocery check out. We don’t wait in line much when I’m “driving”.

    • Anne Brown says:

      Yes, it’s almost instinctive. I love spotting other lefties!

    • Ahmed says:

      I myself am always on the look out for fellow lefties. For everyone else who does the same, it is most likely because like anyone, and everything else, we need to find a sense of belonging, which is with left handed people, which in turn are rare, so we are constantly on the look out.

    • Holly says:

      Definitely! Often it’s a give away if someone wears their watch on the right wrist (not always). I don’t consciously seek lefties out but I often notice if someone is one and feel an immediate kinship with them!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha! Yeah lefties are wayyyy more observant that righties! I notice who is left handed by looking to see which hand they use on a touch screen device like and ipod or iphone. I take public transit so I have the opportunity to observe lots of people. We lefties notice eachother! Right handed people are oblivious….

    • cheryl says:

      Your comment made me laugh – I had been close friends for 13 years before she realized I was left-handed !

      • Sarah says:

        Oh absolutely! I always notice whether someone is left handed. If you remember the dancing cockatoo on YouTube, I noticed that the bird was left footed! Watch it and see if you don’t think so, too.

  202. Dale Must says:

    Lefties are often ambidextrous. When I played baseball, I pitched and played center field. I could bat right or left handed and can play billiards the same way. When I was in Columbus ,Ohio for a seminar, we stopped at a left handed shop. There wasa sign that read “I used to be right handed, but overcame that handicap”. I would love it if this site would have a store for us lefties. I find the learning capacity and memory of lefties is true. While in college, the only courses I had to buckle down and study were Accounting some electives, and Abnormal Psychology. Folks, maybe there is a shop out in cyber space for lefties. Do a search.

  203. Jawn says:

    That’s why I’m proud do be a lefty haha and I’m very good at sports such as my favorite one Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton and other hand-eye coordination sports.
    Go all of us lefties :D

    • Holly says:

      I love badminton and my coach (a rightie) said that he’d noticed that many lefties were better players with a wider range of shots. Our forehand plays to the opponents backhand which tends to be their weaker one so we can win shots easily… but we’re also strong on our own backhand because we most often play righties and so get to practice using ours a lot meaning the rightie is stumped. All in all, we can return ‘difficult’ shots with more ease than many right handed players!

      • John Santana says:

        To tell you the truth,
        I’m not really smart in any subject besides math and music theory,
        I do however play the Violin, and I can fix and build computers and fix cars,
        It is true that I can see underwater better
        I love being left handed but never knew how important it was until today.

  204. Javer says:

    left-handed people are smarter!!

    im left-handed and i often get straight A’s…and guess what?? 4 of my cousins are also left-handed and two of them also get good exam reports!

    this is year i was offered to go to my state 2nd best achived high school at first i was afraid that i would be considered “different” because of my left-handedness but i was supprised that a lot of the students there are also left-handed!!

  205. leftholic says:

    If I have another life I will choose to be lefty again and again and again.

    lefty have excellent sense of directions, they do not get lost that easy.

  206. Ghibek says:

    As a left handed person, i feel privileged and opportune because i always stand out wherever i find myself. It is unique being a lefty.

  207. Dale Allen says:

    Since polar bears can’t write, how do we know they are left handed?

  208. Edward Hill says:

    What was said about strokes & brain hemorrhages should also apply to Alzheimers. I have read that more intelligent, more active persons suffer less from the symptoms, even though they have as much physical brain damage as other victims.

  209. Kristina says:

    By way of a little correction…lefties are not facing first base, but their backs are towards it, making it a bit slower to have to turn all the way around to run, but nevermind, we do seem to manage! Lefty batters are difficult to pitch to, which is why the ability to “switch hit” is so valuable.
    Lately I have noticed a great deal of “left handed” actors in commercials here in the USA, both in print and on TV. I put LH in quotation marks because I get the feeling that they are doing some trickery and reversing the angle, after the fact. I think this is done because the dominant world will prefer to read the text in an ad on the right side of the page or screen and if they make the actor seem LH, it clears the way for an unobscured shot of the person holding a fork or pen or whatever. The thing is–as a lefty I can “tell” that it is often faked, because the hand and actor look awkward. But I guess it shows the righties really need us! Anyone else notice this?
    Happy Holidays to All

    • Kandy says:

      Actually as a Mom of a lefty who play softball who is also a switchhitter , their back is faching 1st base initially but when they hit the ball and follow through with their swing properly they should be facing 1st with at least 1 or 2 steps closer to the base giving them a good lead running. I have also found most switch hitters are predominatly left handed.

    • Mahva says:

      The article was speaking of pitchers, not batters.

    • Torrence says:

      He was referring to pitching with a runner on base. In that case, the pitcher is facing first base when attempting to pick off a runner.

  210. Andy says:

    New to the club and WOW lots of details of interest. Point of interest, after my
    brain surgery I started eating with left hand. Told it my surgeon and he woke up
    and wrote it in his Dr’s recovery notes. Raised in the Napa Vally on a pear farm. My
    grandmother who was a handsome woman resembled Elanore Roosevelt with arms like
    Pop Eye would tie my left arm behind me with rope during meals. Probably should
    thank her.

  211. Teresa says:

    I have to say that, while there is a cognitive ability in being left-handed while gaming, any advantage is lost, due the the lack of left-handed controllers (for all non-PC gaming units). I find this very frustrating, as do other left-handed gamers, because no-one makes left-handed controllers. Perhaps this would be a fruitful endeavour? Using a right handed controller means that the buttons are on the wrong side, so your reactions are slower. Argh!

    • Mahva says:

      Don’t need a left-hand controller. I can’t use a mouse with the buttons set up for leftys because there was no choice when they were first made. Most game controllers have dual buttons and the ability to decide how they’re set up, so this should solve your problem.

      I don’t even think about it.

    • Zaid says:

      Not for me though. I’m a natural lefty and also a natural gamer.

  212. Steen S. Nielsen says:

    There are something I do not understand – we have 12 commandments, and I can see, there is a lack for the next two.

    Number 11 is:

    That all “lefties” are better looking than anybody else, and a Cochrane will confirn it, I think…

    The 12 commandment Is:

    That all “Lefties” can do every thing better than everybody else. We just need a little time extra.

    Greetings Steen

    • Catherine says:

      I agree left handed people need a little more time. Well that’s my experience in school my teachers considered me intelligent but I always needed more time to understand some concepts.

      • Jess says:

        Possibly we are more visually oriented?

      • Mahva says:

        I needed more time on simple concepts. I’m still that way. I couldn’t make cookies until I was 39 and cried when I was finally successful.

        If it’s something complex and obscure, I’ll get it in miliseconds. If it’s something simple and easy, my brain can’t believe that it’s as simple as that and I need to really get my head around it.

        Still drives some crazy that I’m this way. Oh well.

        • Charlene says:

          I’m the same about seeing the difficult and yet tripping over the easy. An example: Although I passed geometry with B’s I’ll always wonder how because solving for theorems in plane geometry was extremely difficult, and I often came to class with many neatly drawn but unworked problems. However, when the occasional problem came up that no one else could solve, that would be the one problem that was a piece of cake for me. I found solid geometry easier, too. I would just see the problem in three dimensions in my mind. As I think back, now, I think I got through plane geometry with extra credit problems in solid geometry.

      • Ahmed says:

        I sometimes spend up to 3x as much time on my calligraphy as a right handed person simply because everything, including EVERYTHING has to be done right handed, not because of smearing the ink, but rather because of the shape and direction of the stoke. It drives me nuts that I have to turn the paper many times to write one character. It’s quite irritating. Also, anyone else have the issue of spelling >becasue< like that before spell check?

        • Mahva says:

          Ahmed:

          I don’t have trouble with because my trouble is with b’s and g’s. I’ve typed gabbage and bargage too many times to count. I have to stop and think before I type those words.

  213. Yosef Bar-On says:

    Left-handed fencers (like myself many years ago) have a most definite advantage over the others. When facing a left-handed fencer one faces a totally reversed situation and the fencer loses time and is disoriented enough to very often lose matches!

    Of course this is true even for the left-handed fencer, when he or she faces another lefty…
    :-)

    • Sarah says:

      Quite true! I used to fence, and I recall once hearing an opponent moan in despair when he saw that he was up against a lefty! It was always worth at least one point, I always thought.

  214. Rachel Chaple says:

    Having to do a secretarial course soon after the war, I tackled shorthand. I started doing it from right to left which seemed sensible (no smudging and quicker) but was told off by the old dragon. “How would anyone else be able to read it?” I should have told her they could have used a mirror. By the time I was working my boss used a tape recorder. Am very glad of the touch typing now, though.

  215. Dr. Bob. says:

    I’m a retired University lecturer. It was a great advantage to use the left hand at the blackboard so I wan’t obscuring from the students what I was writing or drawing. On the downside, all the equipment like slide projectors and overhead projectors in lecture theatres are designed for right-handers, but I’m ambidextrous because at my very first writing lesson at primary school, the faggot of a teacher whacked the knuckles of my left hand with her wooden ruler and insisted I go right. I can vouch for stroke victims recovering; my career was brought to an end when Fate delivered a brain heamorrhage (called “stroke” by some but I’ve since learned that’s a bit of a bucket term). So I had a close encounter with the Grim Reaper. While on the operating table, I had a discussion with the neurosurgeon (yes! it is possible; the brain has no pain receptors – the only anaesthetic is a local at the femoral artery in the groin where a catheter is inserted). I commented to him that the arrangements in the operating theatre were distinctly biassed toward right-handed neurosurgeons, but he said he could manage on either side, so we went on to talk about my specialist subject – geology – in the context of his hill-walking interests, while following the action on an enormous screen – I am priviledged to have seen inside my own brain with blood surging along some of the principal arteries. The aneurism (we with brain damage get to learn a lot of greek!) was on the right side, so I am blessed with a certain left side ataxia, but my clinical psychologist reported >>in writing<< that she could find no cognitive deficienclies – so life is converging towards normality.

    • Dale Must says:

      I was on vacation in New England. My brother said we had to house sit a house in Woods Hole, Mass. I balked at this idea, but went ahead anyway. No TV and one little cd player. There were pics of the ocean floor everywhere.I kept wondering “Who is this person”? While we were minding his house< Bob Ballard, a PHD in geology, found the Titanic. I still wear a hooty bearing the name Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. What are you interested in? National Geographic has some good books on geology. Do you like Civil War, Jazz, baseball. Ken Burns produced and directed some of the best documentaries on the forementioned. I got mine at Amazon.comHe recently did another series on the National Parks. any questions, ask

    • Mahva says:

      I had a teacher tell me that I was a child of Satan because of being left handed. It was her last day on the job after I told my mom about it at lunch.

      There are two leftys amongst us kids, and my daughter is also left-handed. The only disadvantage is that some of us can be dyslexic. I still have some trouble with b’s and g’s on the keyboard. Had to help my daughter with this when she was learning to read.

      I also altered the way that I hold a pin because I got tired of the side of my hand being black or blue from dragging in the ink. People don’t immediately notice that I’m lefty because of this. My eldest brother still writes with “the hook”.

      • Charlene says:

        Mahva, I was so sorry to hear what your teacher said. I hope you have gotten over that completely. If the good God did not want left handed people in the world he would not have created us so. It’s horrible that people can be so prejudiced about it. None of my teachers ever said anything so wrong, but a few tried to change me.

        • Mahva says:

          This world would have already blown up if not for us lefties. We keep things balanced since we can see the whole picture better than the left-brained among us.

  216. Dorothy says:

    I’ve been in Accounting all my life and I can do my work faster because I use the calculator with my right hand and write down the figures with my left. I don’t have to stop and put down or pick up the pen to write.

  217. Anonymous says:

    I’m wondering about the driving study, because Brits drive on the opposite side, unlike the rest of the world, so perhaps that might give Lefties the advantage. I live in the US and always felt I’d be way more comfortable driving that way.

    • Anon. says:

      Understand – one of my first driving mistakes soon after I was on the road, was one day pulling onto the wrong side….and the disturbing thing was that for that fast moment (till my passenger began to complain loudly) it felt so right.

    • Egon says:

      Brits are not the only ones in the world :) i was born a left hander,in country where the steering wheel is on left side,like most of world,and i havent found any difficulty when it comes to driving..moved to another country,traffic like in UK,and it took a while to get used to a wheel on right side,because now,my dominant hand was changing gears,instead of firmly holding the steering wheel..Im able to drive both ways perfectly,but prefer wheel on the left side,with safety in mind :)

    • Paul says:

      I learned to drive in the US, so on the left side of the car, but have been fortunate enough to spend time in 3 different countries (including the UK) where I drove on the right side of the car. Although driving opposite of what you learned originally takes some concentration at first, it becomes rote after not too long of a time. I was disappointed, however, the first time I drove the “British” way… As a kid, I used to shift gears for my mom while I was sitting in the passenger seat in the US (so with my left hand). I always imagined that in the UK, the stick shift would be mirror-image, but it’s not… So was disappointed to find out that I still had to push the stick away from me for first gear. I was lucky enough to have had practice “shifting backwards”, so shifting from the right side wasn’t a problem for me… Still seems that first gear should be towards you and up, even from the right side of the car….

  218. Margaret. says:

    What a pity that so many L-Handers write ‘hooked’. I hold my pen in the normal way and am often complimented on my handwriting. A question of being taught properly when very young! However, I do agree that calligraphy is very difficult for us lefties, even with a reverse oblique nib. I know because I’ve tried.

    • Jolitta Young says:

      I am the same way as you margaret. i hold my pen the normal way also and receive many complements about my handwriting. i tried mimicking those lh who write hooked with the paper straight it just doesnt work for me at all! i prefer holding my pen straight with the paper tilted to the side.

      • Valerie says:

        I also write with my hand straight, I cannot imagine that using the hooked arm way is at all comfortable. I have also been told my writing is good.

      • janie says:

        I also tilt my paper when writing and do not hook my hand. I have very nice writing…it was a little hard sometimes as a teacher due to right handed equipment…

      • Anon. says:

        Same for me. Totally understand!

        • Anne-Marie says:

          Writing hooked is not about proper instruction in every case. I wrote holding the pen the normal way until I was about 13. Then I had a teacher who constantly critiqued my writing, and the only way to placate her was to start writing hooked. If that had never happened, I probaly would never have started.

    • Mahva says:

      Not going to make assumptions as to teaching/learning practices. My handwriting is terrible because I choose to write as I wish. There are times, as late as a few days ago, where I’ve written something and couldn’t begin to tell you what it was.

      When I do wish to write for others, it takes me forever because my brain’s going thousands of times faster than my head and I’d much rather type whatever it is I’m saying. I type at nearly 100 wpm, so it’s more efficient. I’ve taken to just typing whatever I need and handing that to the person.

      I was taught to write well and do not write with a hook. My paper must be aligned horizontally so that the lines are vertical on the page. Never cared as to whether or not someone liked my handwriting.

  219. sheila says:

    i agree with hebrew would be easier to write for lh people. I ‘ve tried writting backwards many times and it seems to just come natural, like that’s the way we should be writting.

  220. Leslie says:

    I find that I can use the mouse with either hand, so that if I need to use the number pad on the keyboard, I can still navigate with the mouse left-handed. It is useful to be able to write lefty while mousing or talking on the phone on the right, but I do find that I tend to be left-ear dominant. I answer the phone, then have to switch to the other ear so I can take notes!
    I’ve also made the case for getting special pens for writing at work. I have to write a fair amount in my job, and I hook my left hand. I avoid some of the tendonitis that I used to get by having very smooth pens that are the envy of others in the office.

  221. M.Angus says:

    Using computer;if you use the mouse in your right hand from the start, then your left hand is free to write notes-big advantage.

  222. Barbara Harling says:

    There are many advantages to being left handed, except one! Calligraphy! As I am a hooked left hander, it has been difficult to learn this. I have, however, conquered most of it, but have cursed many times the fact that I am not right handed!

    • Stephanie says:

      oh, I totally agree about lefties doing calligraphy. I took a class and was so frustrated as my hand blocked the lines/strokes I was making. When I began the class, I didn’t even realize I need to buy left-handed nibs for the pens!

    • Jatna says:

      I remember I used to do the caligraphy as a must-do, not as a like-do so I did it quickly and badly. In fact, I could write beautifully in my notebook, but not at my caligraphy- until much later on.

  223. Peter Stevens says:

    ‘THE KINGS SPEECH’ is a must for us lefties, he was of course, a converted leftie who had a cruel, domineering father, who ridiculed him.

  224. Peter Stevens says:

    My theory is that LH people are more resistant to communicable diseases than our RH cousins, no magic, we shake hands with our right hand but touch our face with the left!
    Did you know that all polar bears are LH [ they can also be cannibals but we wont go into that here!]
    Regards
    Peter
    How about selling some LH Keyboards??

    • Jolitta Young says:

      i never thought of that theory peter and i can see the logic of it. we do shake with the right hand and touch the left side of our faces. well at least i know i do all the time!

    • Holly says:

      Intriguing theory! Would that be an evolutionary advantage though..? In which case you would expect left handedness to be on the increase if it were completely gene driven..

    • Starr says:

      Good point, Peter. There have been times when the whole family got sick except me. And here I thought I had a superhuman immune system. Oh, well.

  225. Mihir says:

    I agree with the place settings alright!

    It is especially useful when one does not want to sit next to somebody … just use the hand preference to change places!

    • LeftyLuvBeing says:

      We lefties do have an advantage at the dinner table! That fork is set by our dominant hand. Ever notice that righties have to reach over their food to get their fork, risking dragging a sleeve through the stew? Or they have to use two hands, picking up the fork in the left and handing it to the right. Either way they’re slower to start digging into dinner. I always point this out to righties when they make a sympathetic comment as I take my place at the left corner of the table. They don’t seem to notice that they are at a disadvantage with the place setting, OR that I got to sit next to the most interesting person at the table!