Every year August 13 is celebrated as International Left-Handers Day to raises awareness about the myriad of troubles that lefty people experience with living in a right-hand centric world.
Celebrated first time in 1976, while the day highlights the uniqueness, it also mentions the challenges faced by left-handed people, addressing the special needs of left-handed children.
Those using their left hand for everyday activities are more prone to things like insomnia, migraines, psychosis among others. However, it is said that lefties recover from injuries faster than righties.
Many prominent personalities across the globe are lefties. The illustrious list starts from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar, US President Barack Obama, Prince William and goes on to influential businessmen like Mark Zuckerberg, Ratan Tata, and Bill Gates.
Renowned names in the entertainment industry like Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts, Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan are also left-handers. Legends like Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein were also lefties.
In a study where left-handed participants’ brain was monitored, it was found that lefties have a better connection between their left and right sides of the brain, especially in the areas involving the use of language.
According to a research book ‘Cerebral Dominance: The Biological Foundations” left-handed people were 11 times more likely to suffer from allergies than right-handed people. In the research, it was also found that left-handers were two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from auto-immune disorders.
Notably, since only 13 percent of the population is left-handed, various items made especially for those who are left-handed are typically more expensive than their right-handed counterparts. Basic objects such as scissors, knives and even school desks can see a mark up of almost 75 percent more for left-handed individuals.