Quote 1: "Agreed, these are gloomy days. But, keep the windows open, sunny days are not far away!"
Most of us have heard that we need to open windows. We can open our windows but how can we clear the clouds? If the reason for gloominess is not us but the cloud above us then what can we do about it? We have several choices: move to a place (or a state of mind) where the clouds are clear, or wait for the clouds to clear (but keep the windows open), or temporarily use a light from within the house. As the Lord says in the Bhagawad Gita:
matra-sparsas tu kaunteya
tams titiksasva bharata
That these sensory perceptions are a) temporary and b) come in cycles, do not be disturbed, learn to tolerate them.