By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Jan 27, 2023 at 7:46 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. Snow-mageddon

Sure, this is true ... but not when it comes to people driving in the Midwest. 

2. My weekend party anthem

Get pumped for the weekend with this anthem to laziness, aka my kind of anthem.

3. The dog owner's dilemma

OK, that's ridiculous and inaccurate. Normally it's actually more like 4 a.m.

4. Debate club

Enjoy this clip of a baby trying to have a conversation with a cactus that's mocking it.

5. The daily dog

Today's pupper is having a blast in an avalanche. (Don't worry: It's a friendly avalanche!)

Nature to the dog: Try to fetch all THIS!

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.