It's no secret that left-handed people are living in a right-handed world. School desks, scissors, and cars are just a few everyday objects usually designed with righties in mind. But despite representing only about 10 percent of the population, left-handed people have quite a few advantages that their right-handed counterparts don't. Caution if you read on, righties, because you might get jealous!
A new study just linked left-handedness and mathematical ability. The study, first published in Frontiers in Psychology, suggests that southpaws may be better at applying complex math and logic skills to solve problems.
There's also evidence that left-handed people have at least one creative advantage. According to research in the American Journal of Psychology, left-handed people have the upper hand when it comes to divergent thinking, or being able to come up with several different ideas that explore many solutions to problems.
It might protect you from developing ulcers and arthritis later in life. A 2005 study, published in Laterality, found that being left-handed was linked to lower rates of arthritis and ulcers.
Most handedness experts agree: lefties have an advantage in sports. This is especially true when it comes to one-on-one sports, like tennis or boxing. As linguist Rik Smits explains, athletes usually train against right-handed opponents, regardless of whether they themselves are right or left-handed. But when facing a fellow southpaw, left-handed people can easily adjust. Right-handed people, not so much.
It gives you an advantage if you want to run for office someday. A Dutch study suggests that when it comes to televised debates, lefties (in terms of handedness, of course!) have a great bonus. As a whole, people tend to associate right-handed gestures with "good" and left-handed gestures with "bad," according to the researchers. But television presents a mirror image, giving lefties the "good" hand. Maybe this could be a reason why so many recent U.S. presidents have been left-handed!
Remember how cars are designed with righties in mind? Lefties still prevail in learning how to drive. An AA Driving School poll found that 57 percent of left-handed people pass their driver's tests on the first try, as opposed to 47 percent of right-handed folks.
Last, but definitely not least, lefties actually have their own holiday. Mark your calendars for August 13, because it's International Left-Handers Day!