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National Geographic, Gallup and The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People author Dan Buettner have released “The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States” based on 15 metrics like civic engagement, walkability and healthful food options. Topping the list is Boulder, Colorado, where residents feel “active and productive every day.” According to Buettner, location plays a considerable role in happiness—enough that you may want to skip town if you’re not feeling content. “If you want to get happy, don’t try and change your belief system. Change your environment,” he says.

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Ever since his “Secrets of Long Life” article appeared in National Geographic magazine’s November 2005 edition, Dan Buettner has been schooling us on ways to live a long and prosperous life. And the bestselling author, explorer and educator is at it again with his new book, The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World’s … Continue reading

Are you living in a happiness hotspot? Check the list below.

1. Boulder, Colorado

2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California

3. Charlottesville, Virginia

4. Fort Collins, Colorado

5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles Arroyo Grande, California

6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

7. Provo-Orem, Utah

8. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut

9. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

10. Anchorage, Alaska

11. Naples-Imokalee-Marco Island, Florida

12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California

13. Salinas, California

14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida

15. Honolulu, Hawaii

16. Ann Arbor, Michigan

17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California

18. Colorado Springs, Colorado

19. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire

20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

21. Washington, D.C.- Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia

22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin

23. San Diego-Carlsbad, California

24. Portland-South Portland, Maine

25. Austin-Round Rock, Texas