5 Things You Didn’t Know About Left-Handed People

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By: Brian Corsetti Posted: 8:30 PM, Aug 9, 2017 Updated: 9:25 AM, Aug 10, 2018

It’s National Left-Handed Day and since our Brian Corsetti is a southpaw himself, he’s breaking down the five things you didn’t know about lefties.

1.  Brains

Lefties are smarter than you righties. Twenty percent of Mensa members are left handed, while only 10% of the population is left handed. Albert Einstein was a lefty and he was about as smart as one can get.

2.  Tempers

They are moodier than their right handed counterparts. According to a study in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, when southpaws are trying to process their moods, there’s an imbalance in activity between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This results in more negative emotions.

3.  Athletic

Left handed people won’t just outscore you on the SATs, they will also school you in sports. Researchers found that left-handers may have an advantage in sports that involve two opponents facing each other, such as tennis, boxing and baseball. Part of the reason is that they get more chances to practice against right handed opponents.

4.  Powerful

You don’t just choose lefties for your team, you also pick them for president! Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford were all left handed Presidents. It’s believed Ronald Reagan was born a lefty, but a schoolteacher converted him to a righty when he was young. We are going to keep him on the left side.

5.  Drinkers

A survey of more than 25,000 people indicate that lefties drink more, though it’s tough to say if it’s because of something physical in the brain, or the social stress they feel as part of a minority group.

That’s five things you didn’t know about left handed people. High-fives for all!

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