The Woodlands LearningRx suggests using non-dominant hand to promote brain-building activities, awareness

By: Susan Love Fitts Communications
| Published 08/09/2016


THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Celebrated annually on Aug. 13, International Lefthanders Day marks its 40th anniversary this year.

With nearly 90 percent of the world population favoring their right hands, lefthanders oftentimes find themselves struggling to operate or use even the most standard household objects, such as scissors or manual can openers or spiral notebooks – and the list goes on. These items designed specifically for the predominantly right-handed world, however, can pose as a brain-building benefit to lefties who out of necessity learn to use them as they were intended: with the non-dominant right hand.

Studies have found that using the nondominant hand to perform everyday tasks requires a more thoughtful motion rather than an automatic or learned response; and that thinking about the actual mechanics required to achieve the goal stimulates and exercises the brain.

The brain trainers at The Woodlands LearningRx suggest that International Lefthanders Day is a perfect opportunity for righthanders to walk in the footsteps of their left-handed friends and family by spending the day as a lefty. Switching hands to perform everyday activities such as putting pen to paper, brushing our teeth, working a computer mouse or throwing a ball can help our brains by providing stimulation and strengthening connections.

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