Published on August 13th, 2014 | by Sally Wenham

Happy Left-Handers Day!

Today is International Left-Handers Day. This day has been designed as an opportunity for left-handers to celebrate their uniqueness andhighlight the struggles faced in a predominantly right handed world. The first edition of International Left-Handers Day was held in 1992 by the Left-Handers Club (yes, they have their own club). The day was created to make the right handed majority of the population aware of the challenges and difficulties left handed people encounterevery day.

Only 10 percent of the world’s population is left handed; so very much a minority when it comes to the vast majority of right handers. Although small in number, there have been some notable left handed people in the past. Sir Isaac Newton, Marilyn Monroe, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and our own Prince William are left handed.

In fact, left handedness has run throughout the British Royal Family of recent times. Along with Prince William, the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles are or were left handed. So you could say it runs in the family.

In the UK alone there have been over regional 20 events held to celebrate being left handed. Included in these events have been ‘Lefty Zones’ which were stationed nationwide to help display the adaptability, creativity and sporting prowess of left handed people. Right handed people are also invited to use everyday left handed equipment to understand how difficult it can be to use the incorrect equipment.

Unlike most left handed people however, there are a few who only use their left hand for writing. We can use scissors right handed along with using a right handed keyboard and computer mouse. Some don’t find using right handed notebooks particularly uncomfortable and can write in them without smudging ink all over the page too!

Here at the Post Office Shop, we do have some office equipment available which is suited for left handed use. Take a look at the Stabilo Left Handed SmartBall Pen or the Scotch Comfort Scissors. Hopefully thanks to the addition of these items of stationery, left-handers may find things a little easier.

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