Philadelphia third-happiest city in country?

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Hoping to get more travelers from China to visit the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has opened an office in Beijing.(Philadelphia skyline image courtesy of Shutterstock.com)

Is Philadelphia really the third happiest city in the country?

The new Harris Poll Happiness Index ranks Dallas-Fort Worth as America’s happiest city followed by Houston and, yes, Philadelphia. That’s right, Philadelphia.

Daily News Columnist Stu Bykofsky doesn’t buy it.

“We’re called the ‘City of Brotherly Shove’ for a reason,” Bykofsky said. “People talk about Philadelphia ‘attytood’ and it’s not a positive, if you know what I mean.”

A lot of Philadelphians, enured to random curses for the slightest infractions, would have no trouble seeing Bykofsky’s point.

You might say it’s an atmosphere more “Surly Temple” than Shirley Temple.

Still, Meryl Levitz of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation says her group is happy to trumpet the poll results.

“We add to the happiness by including it our twice yearly roundup of best of, first of, tops of … that kind of thing,” she said.

Philadelphia won this distinction with just 34 percent of those surveyed calling themselves “very happy.”

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