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Untap Your Potential with This Neat Trick

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Challenge of the Day: Untap Your Potential with This Neat Trick

Challenge of the Day: Untap Your Potential with This Neat Trick

Ever wish you could be a kid again? When you use your nondominant hand, you might as well be two years old -- you have to work a lot harder to do the everyday tasks you probably never think twice about doing. And this has a surprising benefit. Using the non-dominant hand "can help us become more flexible and discover that we are never too old to learn new tricks," writes Jan Chozen Bays, M.D., in her new mindfulness primer "How to Train a Wild Elephant." "When we develop a new skill, we realize that there are many other abilities lying dormant in us." So, today, take as many opportunities as you can to use your other hand to brush your teeth, apply lip gloss, eat, or even write.

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Comments (8)

  • About 10 years ago, my dominate hand was in a cast for about a month after surgery. At first, it was quite a challenge using my left hand for grooming, eating and writing, but after a short while it became quite easy, and eventually you could even read my writing. All in all, it turned out to be a bit fun.

  • Don't you mean "Tap Your Potential with This Neat Trick?". Untapping would result in loss of potential, right?

  • @ Ken

    That's what I was thinking as well.

  • I think Tapping means "Capping" so untapping means take the cap off. I think they have it right.

  • This trick of writing with your non-dominant hand can also help improve your memory. Like the article says, it helps access parts of the brain that we don't use regularly and increasing the performance of your brain will help your memory.

    *Typed entirely with my left hand! :)

  • Definition of tap most likely being used in this article, as per Oxford dictionary,
    "exploit or draw a supply from (a resource):
    e.g. clients from industry seeking to tap Edinburgh’s resources of expertise"

  • If I didn't turn into a slow and clumsy oaf when trying to work with my left hand, I would attempt this but considering how busy and strapped-for-time I usually am, I think I'll have to pass on this one.

  • I had heard of this trick before, and it confirmed something I already had experienced. Almost like a clearing out of the cobwebs in my brain. I was a lefty at birth, but was changed by my father into a right hander, which I remained all my life. Now, occassionally writing with my left hand (as well as playing guitar) actually adds a sense of physical well being.

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