By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Dec 07, 2021 at 12:01 PM

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. Slip 'n' slide

I think salt would've been a good idea. Just a thought. Also: Whoever plugged "Ice, Ice Baby" over this might deserve an Academy Award.

2. Slip 'n' slide: part two

I'd feel bad for this squirrel, but, well, see above. It's not like we humans are doing any better. 

3. Whoops, Alex

There has to be a better way to press pause on a song.

4. Cool cat

This chonky boy's got some attitude. Or at least great taste in music.

5. The daily dog

Today's pupper is doing just great, why do you ask? He just LOVES baths!

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.