NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Gallup and Healthways' annual Well-Being Index measures the health and happiness of residents living in metropolitan areas around the country. Healthways recognizies well-being based on five elements; Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical.
Healthways defines the purpose category as "liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals; social as "having supportive relationships and love in your life"; financial as "managing our economic life to reduce stress and increase security"; community as "liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community"; and physical as "having good health and enough energy to get things done daily".
The survey itself ranks cities and states based on six factors "life evaluation", "emotional health", "work environment", "physical health", "healthy behaviors" and "basic access".
The poll draws on a data set of 1.9 million completed surveys since Gallup and Healthways began the survey in 2008. This year's survey went out to 178,00 people in 189 metropolitan areas across the country between January 2 and December 29 2013.
Based on those survey results, these are the 10 Most Cheerful Cities in America...
#10 - Lincoln, NE
The capital of Nebraska is the second most populous city in the state with 265,404 residents. The service industry is responsible for most of the city's economic activity, with state and city jobs employing most of the residents. The survey ranks the city second in work environment and eleventh in life evaluation.