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America's Happiest Cities

If the recession or life in general has got you feeling down, you may want to consider moving to a happier place to live.

A new study reveals the happiest metro areas in the United States, ranking 187 cities on six categories: life evaluation, emotional health, work experience, physical behaviors and basic access [to food, shelter and health care]. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, based on random, phone interviews with more than 350,000 Americans in 2009, asked questions ranging from "Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?" to "Do you have a personal doctor?"

So, which cities are the happiest in America? Click ahead to find out!

By Natalie ErlichPosted 22 Feb 2010

Photo: Richard Newstead | Lifesize | Getty Images