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I recently visited the stunning lush green country of Costa Rica where they live by the beautiful mantra PURA VIDA which literally means ‘pure life’, however a more accurate description is ‘full of life’ or ‘live life to the fullest’ or ‘this is living!’ I totally embraced this Pura Vida mindset while I was in Costa Rica and I decided to take a big dose of this ‘live life to the fullest’ attitude home with me. When, I got home, I began to realize that I actually have alot of the Pura Vida mindset already within me and I just have to learn how to tap into it more regularly.

So when Invisalign® (whose headquarters happen to be in Costa Rica) reached out to me and asked me to partner with them and write about confidence, the first thing that came to mind was that I need to write about how we can all tap into our own inner Pura Vida. Specifically, they asked me to share what makes me feel confident; what is that one thing that always makes me feel ready to take over the world?

And suddenly it came to me, it was actually easy for me to answer this: I feel the most confident when I am wearing a fun show stopping accessory that makes people happy, smile and connect with me easily and instantly. Usually my accessory choices are fun, bold and over the top like my sunnies below

Pura Vida Sunnies

Don’t you just wanna smile when you see them? Fun, bold choices like this usually attract positive attention, which leads to compliments which totally feeds my soul and then this in turn makes me feel confident enough to conquer almost anything. I have such fun with it and I realize that this is my expression of Pura Vida, I embrace who I am and enjoy the moment.

So when do you feel the most confident? What kinds of things are you willing to do to feel more confident and embrace the Pura Vida mindset?? Please share your thoughts in my blog comments section below.Now let’s think about the concept of confidence being expressed through a person’s smile, when you smile you exude self-confidence. When someone doesn’t feel confident about their smile and is worried about their aesthetic flaws, it can affect how they feel about themselves and how others see them. I wanted to share a couple of interesting insights related to smile confidence:

  • Because of insecurities, many people avoid smiling or have perfected the close-mouthed smile that simply doesn’t exude the same warmth and emotion of a big, uninhibited smile
  • In fact, 73% of adults would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit or car.
  • People who have straight teeth are more likely to be perceived as smart, healthy and happy

Invisalign compare to bracesAnd while we are on the topic of smile confidence, I wanted to tell you a little bit more about Invisalign clear braces, a discreet alternative to braces that allows you to fix your smile without sacrificing your busy life. Invisalign consists of a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners made of lightweight clear plastic that gradually move teeth over time without metal wires or brackets. The benefits include no food restrictions, ability to easily maintain healthy dental brushing habits, and the freedom to smile without most people knowing you are in treatment. Checkout the Invisalign Website to learn all about this modern alternative to braces.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Invisalign. However, all thoughts, fabulous sunglasses and opinions are my own

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