Perhaps you don’t realize this, but the overwhelming majority of people who laugh do so in spite of, seldom because of anything. In other words, they choose to be happy.
This has even been shown to be the case with the professionals (comedians). Many comedians experienced unhappy childhoods and came from difficult situations. Yet in the midst of their pain and problems they learned how to laugh in spite of and eventually were able to make a living by helping other people laugh as well.
Choose to be happy today; do this by laughing. The key is laughing with people not at them. Do the math – who do you think people want to be around: the sour puss or the person that lifts their spirits?
Which version of Christianity do you think will pack the most punch: the sad, solemn version or the upbeat and joyful one?
While the goal is not to manipulate or control people, why not make one of your motivations for laughter be to bring joy and encouragement to others in order that the word will go out: “The Lord has done great things for them.”
Now that’s worth a good belly laugh.