December 02, 2016
Radha Agrawal On Sacagawea, Dead Poets Society and how her Dad got married in a Salvation Army suit
Who: Radha Agrawal, Co-Founder and CEO of Creator of Daybreaker, Co-Founder of Thinx Underwear, Conscious Citizen Of The World
Why She’s Foxy: After spending her life as a type-A overachieving tomboy soccer champ, she's finally realized the recipe for true happiness—to wake up and dance.
On Her Childhood: “I grew up in Montreal. My twin sister and I were always the mischief makers-- the jocks and tomboys. We didn’t wear dresses until senior year prom and almost went in tuxes. I didn’t think about boys until I was eighteen. We played division one soccer at Cornell and went to nationals three times in Canada. Sports was genuinely our lives. I tore my ACL twice in college. I was an overachiever, never causing trouble and doing as many things as I could for my resume.”
On Happiness: “There are two staggering statistics that blew me away and made me want to understand what makes people happy: one in four Americans report zero friends to confide in, and that number has tripled in the last thirty years. Having weak social ties is as harmful to your physical and emotional well-being as being an alcoholic and twice as harmful as obesity. The single most important thing for a happy and healthy life is cultivating and nurturing happy connections. I used to go to nightclubs, but no one ever danced because it was seventy percent guys, very masculine and testosterone heavy. People were on their cell phones, on their new designer drug and smashed and sloppy. They weren’t connecting in a mindful, human way. I was eating falafels late one night and commiserating how nightlife had gotten overrun by bright lipstick and stilettos and not being real. I started thinking about: what if we stripped away all of that— what if we did it in the morning when everyone’s cup is full? We’d serve green juice, coffee, tea, and breakfast treats instead of alcohol and do it in different places. We'd call it Daybreaker—it was supposed to be an art project. It was never intended to be full time. We launched in 2013 and invited three hundred friends. We never thought people would come at 7 am, but 180 people showed up. You can do whatever you want as long as your community is there to support you.”