|One of my art journal pages. Drawing these big flowers is relaxing to me.|
It's seems crazy, I know, but it is true.
Forbes on fake smiling.
For resources on the art journaling if you don't know where to start, you can try some happiness journals.
The Happy Book
How to Be Happy
For needleworking here's a video on how to crochet.
How to Crochet
How to Knit
Try anything that will help you feel happier, within reason. Don't hurt yourself or anyone else. That doesn't work.
Take care of yourself. I know the holidays can be hard and seriously, (because it looks kind of creepy) every time you go into the bathroom, give yourself the biggest smile you can and hold it for as long as you can. Crinkle up your eyes. Get all into it. Seriously. It does help.