#LeftHandersDay – August 13!

Barack Obama. Paul McCartney. Oprah Winfrey. Tracy from accounting. These are just a few of the great left-handers that have impacted our lives. And on August 13, we’re paying tribute to them.

Happy #LeftHandersDay

After years of struggling with scissors and can-openers, southpaws are getting the recognition and respect they deserve. It’s Left-Handers Day! And to celebrate, we’re sharing a few things that make lefties so special.

  • 13% of the world’s population is left-handed. And it’s not by random luck. Scientists believe that the trait is genetic, meaning it runs in certain families.
  • Mensa says that 20% of its brainy members are lefties.
  • Lefties are better drivers. According to one study, being left-handed makes you 10% more likely to pass your driving test on the first try.
  • Of the team of five that developed the first-ever Mac computer, 80% were left-handed.
  • If you’re left-handed, you likely earn 15% more than your right-handed peers. Studies show that this may have to do with lefties being well-suited to leadership and entrepreneurial roles.
  • Though roughly one-in-ten people are left-handed, one-quarter of Apollo astronauts were lefties.
  • According to the ancient Zuni people, left-handedness was a sign of wisdom and good luck.

What Are You Thankful For?

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! It’s time to give thanks, and we’re here to get the ball rolling. Wondering what you’ll say this year at the table, surrounded by your most cherished family and friends?

Well, it should come as no surprise that most of us are thankful for the people in our lives, our family and friends. Clearly, we’re all thankful for those closest to us, and here at Office Plus, things are no different.

We’re thankful for you, our readers and our customers. We’re thankful to be part of so many wonderful communities across Canada. We’re thankful for local business owners. We’re thankful for the mutual support we share with all of you.

So, here comes the big question. This Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? Whether those things are big or small—and whether they involve family or just a simple seasonal pleasure—being thankful can give you a much-needed boost. See below, how incorporating gratitude into your life can help on a daily basis!

Tell us in the comments what you’re thankful for, and then go home and tell the ones you love. Because that’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right? Okay, okay. It’s also about the turkey…