The Advantages of Being Left Handed

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Since the majority of us write and do things with our right hands, it can be easy for left-handed people to feel, well, left out (no pun intended). Many products are also created with right-handed individuals in mind, including guitars, computer mouses and keyboards. However, several key advantages are also a part of the left-handed experience.

Multitasking

  • Left-handed individuals are forced by their brains to think at a more rapid pace. This fast thought process makes multitasking and managing disorganized information flow significantly easier for left-handed people. Because of this, lefties are often able to do many different things at one time.

Athleticism

  • It is also very common for left-handed people to display high levels of athleticism. Being left-handed is an asset in many different sports, such as baseball. In baseball, left-handed people can readily monitor first base. Left-handed pitchers also also able to easily look over first base. Other sports in which southpaws -- a common term for lefties -- thrive include tennis, boxing, fencing and swimming. In swimming, left-handed people adapt quickly and readily to underwater eyesight, which makes the activity significantly easier.

Arts

  • Due to the influence of the right side of the brain, left-handers also often succeed in the arts, including the music field, whether it is for playing the piano, guitar, flute or drums. The brain's right hemisphere is in charge of creativity, art and music, along with emotions, spatial awareness, genius and perception.

Memories

  • Another advantage to being left-handed is having a strong memory. This is particularly applicable for individuals who were raised in families with lots of other left-handed people. This can also apply to right-handed people from families of many lefties. Episodic memory is a strong point for southpaws. This type of memory is long-term and is centered around specific autobiographic events, including affiliated feelings, places, exact times and other contextual details.

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