Albert Einstein, Issac Newton and Benjamin Franklin were all left-handed.
Albert Einstein, Issac Newton and Benjamin Franklin were all left-handed.

Being left-handed has its ups and downs. According to ABC News online, lefties are more likely to be alcoholic, schizophrenic, delinquent, and suffer from digestive and bowel diseases -- but they're also more likely than right-handers to have an IQ over 140. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, you can start by conquering one of life's more simple challenges: learning to properly hold a pencil.

Sit on a chair with a flat seat and back. The height of your chair should allow you to rest your feet comfortably on the floor. The desk or table should be 2 inches higher than your elbows.

Grab the pencil with your left hand, gripping it an inch higher than a right-handed person would. Relax your left forearm by keeping it flat on the writing desk. Turn the hand gripping the pencil or pen so the pinky finger is pressed against the paper.

Bend the wrist back ever so slightly so the thumb can easily rest upon the pencil, touching the tips of your forefinger and middle finger. Holding the pencil this way will create a relaxed, rounded, concave space between the pencil and your hand. The lowest part of your pencil should rest against the upper portion of your ring finger.

Tilt the pencil slightly as you write toward your left shoulder. Be careful to keep the wrist relaxed to avoid it from tensing into a hook shape. Turn your paper slightly to the right to increase the visibility of your page.