Left-handed people may face more difficult challenges in learning to write for various reasons. In many languages, including English, everything is written in left-to-right progression which favors their right-handed counterpart.
When writing with right-hand in left-to-right progression, it is easier to see every letter that has just been written, and there is no need to worry about smeared ink because the hand naturally moves away from the drying ink as the writing continues.
Notebooks are also designed primarily for right-handed people that the spiral bindings or rings are placed to the left side, so those things do not get in the way as they write. Most people find it easier to pull a pen or pencil instead of pushing it across a sheet of paper. There are, however, many ways to improve your handwriting either you are left-handed or simply want to become ambidextrous.
On International Lefthander Day 2019, here are some facts about left-handed people that might satiate your trivia itch for the day
- Better at 3D perception and thinking
- Better at multi-tasking
- More likely to suffer stuttering and dyslexia
- Twice as likely to be a man
- Make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers
DID YOU KNOW: Of the eight most recent US Presidents, 4 have been left handed!
Here are some life hacks at your rescue if you are a left-handed one
Proper paper placement
Similar to right-handed people, you must place the paper in a position that makes writing easier. Everyone has a personal preference, but the most ideal paper position is with the top of the sheet pointing to the right at about 20 degrees. It allows you to place your hand more naturally without having to “hook” your hand to see what you have just written.
Pen position and your posture
To write naturally, it is recommended that southpaws hold their pens about an inch from the tips, and resting the pen on the top section of the middle finger. Your thumb and index finger are loosely gripping the pen. As usual, elbow is bent and the wrist is straight.
Practice writing every letter in the alphabet
Either “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” or “five boxing wizards jump quickly” contains every letter in the English alphabet. Write those two sentences over and over to improve your skill. Also, practice with the most common words to get used to the most frequent letters combination.
Writing is different from drawing, but you are basically utilizing the same set of muscles to draw and to write. Drawing improves muscle strength and it helps you to control your pen or pencil better. Some simple shapes such as rectangular chimneys or square houses will do; the purpose is to attain dexterity, not to reproduce Mona Lisa. Drawing straight line may sound simple, but it is more difficult if you’re doing it by pushing the pen instead of pulling it.
To become ambidextrous, you have to train your left hand for other activities too for examples brushing your teeth, dialing phone numbers or typing messages, scrubbing dishes, and eating especially with spoon or fork. Try switching your computer mouse to left-hand controls and press the spacebar on your keyboard with the left hand.