By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Jun 18, 2021 at 7:16 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. The daily dog

Today the daily dog doubles as a diaper check – and the results of said check were clearly unfortunate.

How bad does that smell if a dog – an animal that smells butts on the regular – is even like, "Woof, that reeks."

2. Luke Skybarker

My new favorite subgenre of internet dog video is puppers inadvertently remarking "The Empire Strikes Back."

Now do the Vader and Luke final fight scene!

3. An airbender

This man has mastered the martial arts style known as the party horn.

4. It's the freakin' weekend

Look, it's live footage of me as soon as the clock hits 5 o'clock on a Friday.

5. DUCK! (but literally)

Meet Bobby the duck. He's had better days.

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.