'Just keep laughing': Judi Dench on what to do during these trying times

By Heather Cichowski

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with the coronavirus pandemic impacting the globe. That's why Judi Dench has taken to social media to spread a simple but effective message: "Just keep laughing."

Finty Williams, the English star's daughter, uploaded a video of Dame Judy spreading her message of good cheer on March 18. She captioned the clip, "Message from Ma..."

The joyful video shows the 85-year-old clad in a playful white dog hat. The fun style features elongated straps and the ears moving up and down when the James Bond actress speaks!

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"Oh, there you are! Just keep laughing. That's all we can do," Judi says to the camera.

In not even 24 hours, the video had over 1.9 million views! Fans are thanking Finty and Judi for bringing a little light to their days during the COVID-19 battle, with many calling the legendary actress a "national treasure."

"I love this – exactly the attitude I'm taking," responded actor Simon Bailey. "Thanks for sending this out. x"

A Twitter used commented, "Thanks for sharing & brightening up these dreadful times...your mother is a legend in her own lifetime! Totally fantastic!"

"Is this a deleted scene from Cats? Effects look the same..." joked another.

Some are even copying the actress by adopting cute hats and trying to spread laughs and smiles!

Judy is among the celebrities and royals who are using social media to bring positivity as the world battles the coronavirus.

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Several musicians, including Chris Martin of Coldplay, John Legend, Keith Urban, Pink, and Katharine McPhee and David Foster have started offering free livestreamed musical sessions to help those who are self-isolating, quarantined and/or working from home.

The mini at-home "concerts" are ways to connect people, communicate and help individuals feel they are part of a digital community.

On March 18, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan shared an uplifting message on their Sussex Royal Instagram account.

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These are uncertain times. And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary. There are so many around the world who need support right now, who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis behind the scenes, on the frontline, or at home. Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring. This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit. We often speak of compassion. All of our lives are in some way affected by this, uniting each of us globally. How we approach each other and our communities with empathy and kindness is indisputably important right now. Over the coming weeks, this will be our guiding principle. We will be sharing information and resources to help all of us navigate the uncertainty: from posting accurate information and facts from trusted experts, to learning about measures we can take to keep ourselves and our families healthy, to working with organisations that can support our mental and emotional well-being. In addition, we will focus on the inspiring stories of how so many of you around the world are connecting in ways big and small to lift all of us up. We are all in this together, and as a global community we can support each other through this process – and build a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us. We look forward to sharing more over the days and weeks to come...

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"This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit," the quote in the post read. It went into detail about what that means to the Sussexes during this unprecedented time.

They said their goal is to provide accurate information with their followers from trusted experts while delivering positive content, sharing ways to keep families safe and encouraging people to look after mental and emotional well-being.

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