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, 2017 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.
    – user205876
    Dec 14, 2017 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, 2017 at 18:16
  • err ... envious
    – lbf
    Mar 26, 2018 at 13:54

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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, 2018 at 14:09
  • Chi, Du, Ger, Nor, Swed, Jap .... alas no english!
    – lbf
    Mar 26, 2018 at 14:31
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    @lbf Yeah there are, en.oxforddictionaries.com and Wikipedia
    – Zebrafish
    Mar 26, 2018 at 16:38
  • @Zebrafish as an English word?
    – lbf
    Mar 26, 2018 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, 2018 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'. Apr 12, 2018 at 18:21

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