How your right brain can help your left brain

The latest issue of Writer’s Digest has several articles dedicated to how the brain works – its left-side and right-side functions and how they can work together. Most of us have a dominant hemisphere, either the logical, linear left-brain, or the more creative, better at spacial relationships, right brain. All of us can benefit from attempting to use both hemispheres on a more regular basis. For those of us who are left-brained, this means nurturing our creative side a bit more. Every one of us can find some creative outlet we enjoy, whether that be a traditional art form like painting or drawing or something more geared to domestic endeavors such as gardening, sewing, or experimenting with cooking. Taking a break from “left-brained” activities will actually help us be more productive when we return to them. It also might provide a new insight into how to approach a problem that has been challenging us in a new way.

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur


Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur writes from western Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two sons. A Senior Editor with Catholic, she blogs at

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  • Guest

    Patrice, does blogging about "left brained" stuff count as being "right brained"? 

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  • Guest

    As all of us lefties know — we are the only ones in our right minds.

    I have always been fascinated by this topic.  Our brains are just marvelous and body-brain connections are very interesting. For example, did you know that babies' crawling helps establish hemispheric dominance in the brain? That childrens' reading readiness is often connected to things like their ability to pedal, brachiate, and to walk a balance beam and that you can improve reading through physical exercise?