■ Small things count. Some guys think all they have to do is surprise us once and they’re set for life. But trust us, we’re keeping track. Why not pick up our favorite feel-good treat while you’re on your way home this evening (clue: it’s either wine, chocolate or cheese)? Or buy us that new book we’ve been talking about non-stop? Trust us, our appreciation will show.
■ The E-word Effort (a word no man is unfamiliar with) is always the hitch. Take out the trash, call us to see how our day was or do something really special for our anniversary. We’re worth your time.
■ Confidence is hot, arrogance is not. Every girl loves a man who’s comfortable in his own skin. It makes us feel safe and protected, and nothing feels sexier than that. But arrogance? We. Can’t. Stand. It.
■ Don’t be a man-child We’re nurturing, yes. Women love taking care of their men and helping them out, but as soon as we feel like we’re in mommy mode, we want out.
■ Listen and take interest After a hectic day, all we want our man to do is listen. Women like to talk and pour their feelings out. We confide in you because we trust you to make us feel better.
■ Be honest It’s true when they say honesty is the best policy. Telling a fib might seem like a great idea now, but women always find out, and when we do, it ain’t pretty.
■ Notice the small things Everyone wants to be noticed by their partner. New hairstyle? New clothes? New dress size? Say something to acknowledge our effort. Besides, we (partially) did it for you.
■ Sometimes we need ‘me time’ Most of the time, you can’t get us to shut up. But sometimes, we need a little ‘me time’ and to be away doing our own thing. If your woman seems relaxed and says nothing’s wrong, there probably isn’t. Chill out and give her space.
■ Respect your partner Some men don’t value their partners as much as they should. Appreciate her for all that she is and be grateful for everything she does.
■ Things from the heart count If you’ve ever thought of making a super sweet gift, like a homemade card, scrapbook or a mixed CD and thought it’s too cheesy, you’re wrong. It’s a great way of speaking from the heart, especially since guys aren’t always so good at it (verbally). We’re guaranteed to love it.