Best Habits to Have: Use Your Non-Dominant Hand

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To give my brain different activities to try, I try to use my non-dominant hand (for me, my left hand) for as much as I can. The most common activity I hear people recommend doing with your non-dominant hand is brushing your teeth, which I think is a good activity to start with. Brushing your teeth is a simple way to start using your non-dominant hand, although you have to be careful that you are still brushing thoroughly to avoid cavities.

In addition to brushing my teeth with my non-dominant hand though, I have also been trying to learn how to throw with my non-dominant hand. Every now and then, I also try to play some sports left handed, mainly ping-pong. I think learning to do things with your non-dominant hand is a great skill to have, just in case you ever hurt your dominant hand or need to switch for a bit.

In the future, I would like to learn how to write and eat with my left hand. These tasks are much more difficult and would require a lot of practice, but I think they would really push me out of my comfort zone and force my brain to build new synapses.

When Jim Kwik came to talk to my class, he mentioned how he brushes his teeth with his non-dominant hand each day because it forces his mind to think more, as well as changing his version of normal. I think this is a great piece of advice, as sometimes we get so locked into our habits that we never learn new skills. While doing activities with your non-dominant hand will not greatly impact your life, it is still an easy and effective way to change your routine and develop new abilities.


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