Most of us are right-handed and it is estimated that only about ten percent of the population is left-handed. Now, that is a really small number, isn't it? And so, while there might not be many of all you 'lefties', trust us when we say, you'll might be the chosen lucky few since a couple of studies conducted prove that being left-handed comes with a couple of perks too!
In a study published in Laterality, Christopher Ruebeck, PhD, an economist at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, found that lefties earn slightly more money than their right-handed peers who work at the same jobs. These results were most pronounced in left-handed college-educated men, Ruebeck said, who, on average, earn 15 percent more than righties. Whoever guessed!
Also, left-handedness lets you stand out but that all you lefties already know! It is said that left-handed people tend to be ambidextrous simply because of peer pressure or pressure from their families who state that writing with the left isn't 'the right way' to do it. It will also come as no surprise to all you lefties that it makes for a great conversation starter. Also, constantly having to overcome obstacles and always challenging yourself, ultimately makes you a stronger person. According to a study in the Journal of Mental and Nervous Disease, musicians, painters and writers were significantly more likely to be left-handed. Brain hemisphere specialist Michael Corballis, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, points out that just as information is prone to errors as it traverses between brain hemispheres, it's also more likely to encounter novel solutions. Righties might dismiss an idea as too radical, but lefties might be able to develop a solution that a right-hander's brain would skip right over.
Lastly, we would like to point out that you make for the few that include the likes of Presidents such as James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama! How cool is that, right?