Do you know that brushing your teeth with your left or non dominant hand will help your creativity and problem solving skills?
Studies have shown that creativity is in the right hemispheres of our brain and that we are able to stimulate this part of the brain when working with the non dominant hand. It is learning the same skills all over again that our right hand can do automatically. In fact, both hemispheres are stimulated when we use the "other" hand. And that new connections are developed between the two sides of our brain, according to Jill Taylor Phd, a Neuroanatomist from Indiana University School of Medicine.
If we are able to use the creative side and the logical side of our mind, then we will be able to think "outside the box" and improve our problem solving skills. In her book, The Power of Your Other Hand, Lucia Capacchione states that, "When a dialog occurs between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, both emotions and (logical) thoughts are more fully expressed and understood." It will help us see things differently, look at certain problems thoroughly and solve them ultimately.
With practice, eventually you will become ambidextrous but the whole idea is to confuse the brain by trying to learn new skills even though your other hand can do it better. Here is a list of daily activities you can do:
-brushing teeth (although you do need to brush teeth properly)
-using a can opener
-eating with chopsticks
-even playing tennis (Which I don't recommend; I tried, but my friends won't play with me anymore)
Any daily task will do. Share your story. Did you feel clumsy?
Jeff D. Velasquez, DDS
(benefits of brushing your teeth with non dominant teeth)
Dr. Jeff D. Velasquez