Does your business provide subscription services in California? New changes to California’s Automatic Renewal Law for Subscription Merchants will be in effect in July 2022.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed new legislation earlier this month to protect consumers and increase transparency. So what does this mean? Here is a quick breakdown.

New notice requirements:

1️⃣ For free trials and promotional periods longer than 31 days
・When a consumer accepts a free gift or trial lasting more than 31 days that turns into an automatic renewing offer (“free gift” excludes a free promotional item or gift different from the subscribed product) OR accepts a promotional or discounted price for an automatically renewing offer in which the promotional period lasts more than 31 days
➡️Notice for an upcoming automatic renewal is required at least 3 days before renewal and up to 21 days before the promotion ends

2️⃣ For offers with an initial term of 1 year or longer
・When a consumer accepts an offer where the initial term is 1 year or longer and automatically continues until the consumer cancels
➡️Notice for an upcoming automatic renewal is required at least 15 days before renewal and up to 45 days before automatic renewal offer renews

📝The notice must clearly and visibly state 
1) that the automatic renewal or continuous service will automatically renew unless the consumer cancels
2) at least one cancellation method
3) for electronically sent notices, a direct link to the cancellation process or an accessible electronic method to direct the consumer to the cancellation process if a link doesn’t exist
4) length of service and additional terms of the renewal period 
5) business contact information

New cancellation requirements:

1️⃣ Merchant must provide an online cancellation process that doesn’t “obstruct or delay the consumer’s ability to terminate the automatic renewal or continuous service immediately.” 

2️⃣ Method of cancellation must be provided in one of the formats below:
・A direct link or button prominently located in the consumer’s account, profile, device, or user settings
・An immediately accessible termination email provided by the business in which a consumer can send to the business without additional information

*Businesses may require account authentication prior to cancellation, but they must also permit consumers to cancel offline, such as a toll-free number, should the consumer be unable or unwilling to authenticate their account.

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Want to make your life better? Here are 5 tips.

Make a simple, impactful change with 5 emails.
 
1️⃣ Email someone you don’t know well and check-in
✔️ Looking for more opportunities? Strengthen your “weak ties” to expand your network. More career opportunities are found through acquaintances than close friends as they usually belong to social groups outside of your inner circle and are more likely to bring you opportunities you haven’t heard about yet. Think about a simple little thing that you can share that will benefit them to get the conversation started.
 
2️⃣ Send your boss a summary of what you accomplished at the end of the week
✔️ If you aren’t already having weekly/bi-weekly meetings with your boss, be proactive and send a quick email summary to help with productivity and showcase your efforts. When you keep in mind that your boss is also busy managing his/her own career, your weekly summary can become something appreciated and relied upon while also giving your performance constant visibility.
 
3️⃣ Write an email to a potential mentor
✔️ Whether it’s in your field of work or outside, finding a mentor you admire is critical to your growth, and with the digital age, it’s possible to find a way to reach out to most of them. Most likely your mentor is extremely busy, so take some time to write an attention-grabbing utility subject line, followed by content that shows you did your homework on the person, why you chose them, some unique commonalities, a short and direct request, and last but not least, gratitude.
 
4️⃣ Send an email of appreciation every morning
✔️ Boost your happiness and improve your relationships with this simple step that takes only a few minutes of your time. Write a short and sweet gratitude email to anyone you can think of thanking, from your friends and family to your coworkers. Studies have shown this simple act can increase happiness over time.
 
5️⃣ Message a good friend and make plans
✔️ Social media interactions make it easier than ever to keep in touch with people, but when online interactions increase in place of face-to-face interactions, your feelings of loneliness increase. Utilize social media platforms as a tool to increase your in-person interactions to feel less lonely, and make plans to do something fun.
 
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Want to get people to like you? Here are 5 tips.

Build deeper connections with these helpful tips.
 
1️⃣ Seek thoughts and opinions without judgment
✔️People take pleasure in talking about themselves, so take time to understand people’s thoughts and opinions. Really listen. If you don’t agree or understand, rather than judge them, sincerely show interest. You don’t have to agree to validate someone’s thoughts and feelings.
 
2️⃣ Put your ego aside
✔️Put your own needs, wants, and opinions aside. Suspend your desire to correct or be correct, and focus more on them. Don’t let your emotions hijack the conversation if you don’t agree. When people hear ideas contrary to their worldview, the logical part of their brain quiets down and the fight or flight response activates. 
 
3️⃣ Be a good listener
✔️It’s common to have a story or thought to share while listening, but being a good listener is about letting those thoughts go. Stop focusing on what to say next. Instead, lead with curiosity and ask more questions about things you find interesting. 
 
4️⃣ Check availability
✔️Ask if now is a good time. People need to feel safe and in control and are more likely to help or comply with requests when first asked about their availability. Setting a time constraint at the beginning will also help people feel more at ease, knowing when the interaction will end.
 
5️⃣ Show positive and open body language 
✔️ Smile! The act of smiling and seeing a smile stimulates and gives the brain pleasure. Uplifting your facial features, like your eyebrows, is very comforting. Palms up signify openness. Keep your chin down to avoid the appearance of looking down on someone. A slight head tilt can make you appear more approachable. 
 
Bonus Tip! Dealing with people you don’t trust? Be direct and clarify their goals.
✔️When interacting with people you don’t trust, be direct and ask what their goals are for the conversation to avoid being manipulated.
 
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Want to be more successful? Here are 5 tips.

Have more fun finding success with these helpful tips.
 
1️⃣ Be more optimistic
✔️ Did you know that your intelligence and technical skills only predict about 25% of your job success? The remaining 75% of long-term job success is predicted by your optimism, social connection, and perceived stress.
✔️ Optimistic people tend to have a growth mindset and are more resilient, persistent through challenging times. They are also more likely to take positive actions towards their own futures. 
✔️ How to be more optimistic? Be in the present and know that giving your best in every moment will lead to a positive future. Be grateful. Adopt a long-term view with positive and realistic expectations.
 
2️⃣ See problems as opportunities
✔️ Those who view problems as opportunities for growth excelled and were more resilient through tough times than those who perceived problems as threats. The good news is that this attitude can be learned. Shifting your perspective can decrease your stress symptoms by nearly 25% and improve not only happiness but also engagement at work.
 
3️⃣ The more work you have, the more social support can help
✔️ The people who best survive stressful and competitive environments increase their social connection and network during those times as opposed to limiting them. 
✔️ While receiving support can help, giving support has even more benefits. The top 25% of those who give support are 10x more engaged than the bottom 25%, are happier, and are also 40% more likely to be promoted in the following 2 years.
 
4️⃣ Send a short appreciation message
✔️ As soon as you start work in the morning, send a short message thanking or praising someone at work. Something as small as a “thank you” email or text daily can improve your social connection at work and teamwork within your organization. 
 
5️⃣ Change habits through tiny actions
✔️ People who consciously create positive habits reach higher levels of success, experience less stress, and have more resilience. Taking the first step is often the hardest part, so do something to make positive habits easier to start, even by something as small as 20 seconds. 
✔️ Enjoy exercising in the morning, but sometimes don’t feel like it? Put your workout clothes next to your bed, so it’s easy to get dressed and go. Likewise, make negative habits more difficult, like placing your phone across the room, so it’s not the first thing you check in the morning. 
 
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Are you burning the midnight oil? Here are 5 tips.

Manage your productivity levels through a heavy workload with these helpful tips. 
 
1️⃣ Schedule your time
Plan out how you will spend your time, including your breaks. Be as detailed with your breaks as you are with your work to maximize your productivity.
 
2️⃣ Focus for 50 minutes. Then take a break 
50 minutes is about the time you can focus deeply before a break is needed. You can use one of your breaks in the day to check emails or social media, but time away from your screen or desk is necessary to clear your mind.
 
3️⃣ Put your cell phone away during work
Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but put your phone away when you can. Anytime you can focus deeply and work uninterrupted will increase your productivity. 
 
4️⃣ Add variety to your breaks
Restore your attention by creating targeted breaks, like walking in nature. Any movement is great, and adding small things you enjoy, like good music or a nice snack, can also motivate you through the challenges of a high workload.
 
5️⃣ Commit to a time to end your workday
Giving yourself a hard stop to your workday gives you the time to spend with family and friends and other restorative activities. While such breaks may seem luxurious, they allow your brain to make connections and solve problems more efficiently and are critical for those who work in stressful and demanding environments.

Sometimes working late is unavoidable, but just don’t take it so lightly. Make a conscious choice about what makes you whole at work and in life.

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Want to live a fuller life? Here are 4 tips.

Face these hard truths to help you live a richer and fuller life. 
 
1️⃣ You are going to die…someday
✔️ This is a reminder, your wake-up call, to spend your time well and make better choices. Don’t lose track of what’s really important and meaningful. Think priorities and big picture
✔️ Give yourself a healthy dose of perspective. Appreciate what you have as if it’s the last time, and experience things to the fullest as if it’s your first time
 
2️⃣ Anything worth doing in life requires more work than you think
✔️ The amount of work (let’s say 10,000 hours of deliberate practice) it takes to become an expert can seem daunting, but that is why it is very important for you to pay attention to what you are passionate about. Being engaged and finding satisfaction in what you do has been found to ⬆️ psychological adjustments as you age. 
✔️ Don’t know your passion? Build it. You have a choice to either do things halfway and barely get by or make the commitment to become an expert and do something that makes an impact. Think growth mindset 
✔️ Want more positives? Working hard ➡️⬆️ your lifespan. Struggles ➡️ make life more meaningful. The takeaway? Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and keep learning and growing
 
3️⃣ You’ll never be perfectly happy
✔️ It’s easy to fall into the thinking of “if I do A, B, and C, I’ll be happy,” but you aren’t wired to experience perpetual bliss. You are wired for productivity (think natural selection). People who are happier and more successful have better coping skills. They are able to accept there’ll be bad moments and continue to work towards the good moments.
✔️ While you may not always be happy, life ebbs and flows, and being grateful for what you do have is one of the ways you can accept and survive the bad moments. 
 
4️⃣ People will let you down
✔️ No one is immune to making mistakes, and yes, you are going to get screwed occasionally. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop trusting people. In fact, those who trust more made 14.5% more income than those who had little to no trust.  
✔️ One of the biggest indicators of living a happier life is relationships. Even though people may disappoint you at times, they are also the greatest source of happiness. Trust and forgive. It’s better for you in the long run.
✔️ What is an indicator for a good relationship? think 5-1 ratio. You want 5 positive experiences for every negative one. For a good company? Make that ratio 3-1.
 
Don’t just survive through life, thrive.

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Are you starting your day off right? Here are 8 tips.

Highly successful people often attribute much of their success to sticking to their morning routines.

Why is a morning routine so important?
✔️You become more confident, grounded, focused, and productive
✔️Improves and prioritizes your well-being, giving you the energy to be at your best and show up for others more fully

Bring out your best with these helpful tips.

1️⃣ Hydrate
✔️Drink 25% of your total water intake first thing in the morning. You wake up in the morning in a dehydrated state. Ever wonder why you wake up with brain fog? Your brain is made up of 80% water, so if you are dehydrated, you aren’t able to think as clearly. Feel better right away and start the hydration process early.

2️⃣ Go outside
✔️Get some sunlight. Soaking up the morning rays is a great way to set your circadian rhythm and get your vitamin D with less risk of sunburn.

3️⃣ Journal
✔️Clear your thoughts on paper. Writing in the morning can be a great way to release any anxiety caused by the thoughts running through your head. It also helps boost your memory and comprehension.

4️⃣ Move
✔️Whether it’s gentle stretching or exercise, moving your body in the morning is a great way to have more energy, think more clearly, sleep better, and be in a better mood.

5️⃣ Find Inspiration
✔️Read, watch, or listen to something or someone inspirational to motivate you and get you in a positive mindset to tackle the day ahead.

6️⃣ Have a gratitude list
✔️List 3 things you are grateful for and shift your focus on all the good in your life. Definitely a mood booster!

7️⃣ Meditate
✔️Want to be able to take on the stress of the day? Meditation improves your mood, focus, and stress management. In fact, consistent mindful meditation restructures your brain in as little as 8 weeks, making you mentally stronger and improving your overall well-being.

8️⃣ Anything that feels good to you!
✔️Give yourself the time and space to do something that helps you be at your best.

How do you start your morning?

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Are you feeling stuck or a little down? Here are 5 tips.

Be happier and more productive with these helpful tips.

1️⃣ Check your beliefs
✔️ Emotions aren’t random, they follow your beliefs
✔️ Next time you have negative feelings, rather than focusing on the event, check your beliefs about that event – are they rational? Revise your beliefs ➡️ change your feelings

2️⃣ Accept the present
❌ Denial and complaining – drains you of energy and prevents you from moving towards a solution
✔️ Acknowledge your feelings – let them pass (don’t dwell), refocus on your heart with compassion, and reset
✔️ Accepting your situation doesn’t mean you are complacent or passive. Acceptance is essential to figure out what you can and want to do next

3️⃣ Focus your energy on what’s in your control
❌ Stop worrying about what you can’t do
✔️ Exclusively focus on what you can do to be happier and more productive with your time and energy

4️⃣ Count your blessings
✔️ Write down 3 things that went well for the day and the reasons why – it may feel awkward at first, but keep at it! It’ll definitely boost your mood
✔️ People who keep gratitude journals are 25% happier, sleep 30min more each day, and exercise 33% more than those who don’t
✔️ Write a thank you to someone who has done something good for you – increases positive social connection ➡️ increases happiness

5️⃣ Have a morning and evening ritual
✔️Feel happier with a routine each morning and night
✔️Evening ritual – have a winddown routine that involves some social interaction, gratitude, and scheduling something you can look forward to the next day
✔️Morning ritual – start your day in a good mood and with less stress by doing something that makes you happy and gives you a feeling of control

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Want to be happier? Here are 4 simple tips.

Make your days more enjoyable with these happiness principle hacks.

1️⃣ Savor the moment
Want to remember the good times even better?
✔️ Take a mental picture – the stronger the image, the better you can recall and savor those moments
✔️ Be in the present – don’t forget to enjoy and experience the moment through your other senses

2️⃣ Congratulate yourself
✔️ Physically express joy! Whether through words of affirmation or physical motion, like a fist pump or a happy dance, celebrating the moment makes the experience even better

3️⃣ Share the good news with friends
✔️ Sharing positive events with friends give a definite boost to your happiness level, especially with your extroverted friends who can celebrate with you
✔️ Even thinking about sharing a positive moment can increase happiness

4️⃣ Gratitude
✔️ Write down 3 things you are grateful for each day and the reason why – this daily practice is a powerful way to increase your happiness
✔️ Remember that nothing lasts forever – it’s bittersweet, but it is also a great way to keep perspective and appreciate the good moments when they come

These little actions, while small, are mighty when done more consistently.

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Want to stop being lazy and get more done? Here are 5 tips.

Have more freedom with your time with these helpful tips.

1️⃣ Put those to-do lists down and schedule everything
✔️ Be realistic about what can be done
✔️ Do tasks at the most efficient time
✔️ Schedule time for those unexpected interruptions
✔️ Reduce the urge to procrastinate by having a fixed schedule
✔️ Schedule your free time – correlation to improved quality of life

2️⃣ Set the time you’re going home, and then work backward
✔️ Gives you work/life balance
✔️ Forces you to be more efficient with your time
✔️ Helps you prioritize what is most important
✔️ Prevents burnout

3️⃣ Plan your entire week
✔️ Spend time more wisely with a plan
✔️ More likely to achieve long term goals
✔️ Increases your follow-through

4️⃣ Do a few things and do them well
✔️ Not everything is essential
✔️ What creates real value? Prioritize your time based on your answer
✔️ Eliminate as much of the rest when possible

5️⃣ Focus less on the shallow stuff and more on the deep work
✔️ Block out time to do deep work to improve your skills and produce high-value results
✔️ Limit the time you are doing low value but time-consuming work, like meetings, emails, and moving information around

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