By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Apr 21, 2021 at 8:07 AM

These can be stressful, overwhelming times, and we want to help – so to start your day with a smile, we're going to post five funny viral videos and memes every morning. Because there's no better time for a good laugh than during bad times, and we believe in starting the day on the right foot even when things feel like they're all going wrong.

Enjoy – then be safe, be smart and be healthy. We're in this together.

1. Fluffy fitness

This dog is trying to steal a snack, but instead it's getting tricked into doing some kind of strange pull-up exercise. 

We're laughing now, but who's gonna be laughing when this floof has six-pack abs?

2. I don't think that's how the bed is supposed to work

I sense a design flaw in this dog bed ... 

3. Clean getaway

Everything was going so well until that open door ... wasn't. 

A funny video as well as an excellent advertisement for Windex.

4. The daily dog

It's Hump Day, aka the worst day – and to make matters worse, it's supposed to snow. How rude. So to make things better, enjoy the serenity of a dog peacefully hanging out with some ducks in what looks like a Thomas Kinkade painting.

5. Failure to launch

Ah, a majestic day riding down nature's freeway. All we have to do is get into the stream, and our journey awaits ...

Hmm, a little concerned they may not be able to handle rapids if they can't handle the shore.

Bonus breather

To help you cope with the rest of your day of social distancing and processing the news, here's a little bonus breathing exercise to calm the nerves and provide a little digital therapy.


Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.