The three cities joined seven other "happiest places" that were announced in conjunction with International Day of Happiness recently.
The other Malaysian destinations on the list are Kuala Terengganu (Terengganu), Kulai (Johor), Kuantan (Pahang), Bentong (Pahang), Jasin (Melaka), Yan (Kedah) and Jeli (Kelantan).
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The department, in a statement posted online, said the results were based on the Happiness Index study.
“The Happiness Index is a measurement of a population’s well-being, including health, mental and physical well-being, ” the department said.
The results were accessed through a population-based questionnaire that included 14 key components.
Some of these components are lifestyle and health status; happiness among family and relatives; happiness at work; financial management; relationship with neighbours; community activities; residential area security and environmental quality.
Over 60,000 respondents in Malaysia participated in the study that took place between 2013 and 2019.
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“The Happiness Index will help local authorities to determine the level of happiness and well-being of the people. At the same time, it can help them to improve their services to the population, ” the department said.
Many of the aforementioned cities are also popular among tourists.
Melaka is famous for its historical sights such as the A Famosa, St Paul's Church and Stadhuys.
As for Taiping, it is known for its well-preserved colonial architecture and public parks.
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Meanwhile, durian lovers often flock to Bentong to feast on the king of fruits.
Intrepid foodies also organise food trips to Seremban, Kuantan and Kulai to try out some local specialties.
PlanMalaysia is a department under the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
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