Is there a word for the feeling of longing coziness you get when you are outdoors during the winter and you look inside a house with the lights on?

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    Neologisms are off topic here, otherwise I would say 'hearthsick'. – Nigel J Dec 13 '17 at 20:41
  • If you are comfortable outdoors in winter, you generally don’t want to go back inside. So resignation might be the best word. It’s the feeling you have in returning from the ski slope or the hockey rink, and seeing that others have already packed it in, and you have to join them. – Global Charm Dec 14 '17 at 8:32
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    @Nigel I don't suppose one off topic neologism is more valid than another, but I would say "hearthstruck." – Zan700 Dec 17 '17 at 18:16
  • err ... envious – lbf Mar 26 '18 at 13:54

There is a Danish word called 'hygge' which refers to "a form of everyday togetherness". The noun hygge includes something nice, cosy, safe and known, referring to a psychological state.

  • Do you have a link to hygge defined as an English word? – Lawrence Mar 26 '18 at 14:09
  • Chi, Du, Ger, Nor, Swed, Jap .... alas no english! – lbf Mar 26 '18 at 14:31
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    @lbf Yeah there are, en.oxforddictionaries.com and Wikipedia – Zebrafish Mar 26 '18 at 16:38
  • @Zebrafish as an English word? – lbf Mar 26 '18 at 17:00
  • @lbf Yeah, strange, en.oxforddictionaries.com added it, but admittedly no other dictionary has it from the quick search I did Wikipedia has an article on it in English. And it's kind of one of those foreign cultural terms that, you know, spread, or metastasise, depending how you feel about it. – Zebrafish Mar 26 '18 at 17:05

Since the questions references "a house" it would seem a word to describe the person looking might be 'voyeur'. };') (Ah, c'mon, can't we have a little fun?)

  • Seriously though, the first word which comes to mind is 'melancholy'. – Eddie B. True Apr 12 '18 at 18:21

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