By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Oct 15, 2021 at 11:36 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. Alien abduction

This Halloween, commit to the holiday to this kid's level. 

2. A relatable mood

Look, it's live footage of me when people are texting me to come out and hang out on a Friday night when I'm already in bed.

3. The Olympics diving team is calling

So close ... 

4. The daily dog

Today's pupper could use a mint. Probably a few.

Who would've guessed an animal that sniffs butts and licks its nethers would have less-than-spectacular breath!?

5. He thought it would be more exciting, I bet

Pupper was so preoccupied with whether he could catch his tail, but he didn't stop to think if he should.

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.