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A chat with Auntie Noe - 11 things that mean more to men than 'I Love You'

by Nobuhle Virgie
18 Dec 2014 at 15:12hrs | Views

Learn how to show a man you love him in ways he'll truly appreciate

1. Your Undivided Attention

"When the male brain sees you checking your iPhone during dinner, it interprets that as ‘I'm not important,'" period. That's because men's brains evolved to do one thing at a time while filtering out all other stimuli. Even though women function differently (you know firsthand how well you multitask), your man will appreciate you focusing solely on him. "It says, ‘You are my priority, and I love you,'". So make eye contact while he's talking and limit interruptions.

2. His Favorite Meal

That old adage is true: "The best way to a man's heart may be through his belly,". "Knowing what he likes to eat without having to ask him demonstrates how well you know him. And the couples I've known who know small details about each other have the happiest marriages."

3. Wearing that Dress He Loves You in

Dolling up sends the message that you still want to look good for him, no matter how long you've been together. "Men's brains are wired to respond to visual cues more than women's brains,". "Seeing you in that sexy dress shows him you desire him." And a scarlet number may work best. A study by researchers at the University of Rochester in New York found that ladies in red are an aphrodisiac to men. True.

4. Taking Care of Yourself

Shedding stress, eating right, exercising, quitting smoking and even pampering yourself may sound like treats for you, but they're also ways to show you love him. "This communicates, ‘I want to have a long, wonderful life with you, and I'll do whatever it takes to prevent you from experiencing the grief of losing someone'". What better motivation is there to get healthy?

5. Complimenting Him

Throughout time, men have had to fight and provide to attract and keep women—and they aren't afraid to pull out the masculinity measuring sticks when potential competitors come around. Let your husband know you think of him the way he'd love to be seen: as a provider, problem-solver, handyman, sex stud and knight in shining armor. "Genuine compliments on his looks and strength confirm that you admire him, which equates to love". When he pops the lid on the jam jar with ease, mention that you enjoy having such a strong man around. He'll beam - and chalk it up as a reason you chose him over all those other guys.

6. Encouraging Him to Take Time for Himself

While you may not hesitate to ask for your time, your husband may have trouble verbalizing what he needs. Occasionally, suggest he take a day to relax with friends, play video games, work on the car or just sleep in. "This shows support and allows him the freedom to do what he needs to be his best self." Your husband will see hassle-free, worry-free, chore-free time as a loving reward.

7. Asking His Advice

Your man wants to feel like an important part of your world. On top of that, he's a hard-wired problem-solver. Ask for his opinion on how to approach the boss for a raise, and you prove you trust and value his judgment. "When a man can fix something, he feels competent and useful". "Asking for advice shows that you rely on him and that there's a place for him in your life. Need, dependency and love go hand in hand."

8. Thanking Him for the Little Things

Next time your husband drives the kids to school or takes out the trash, express your gratitude. "We're rushing through life, we forget to notice the good deeds and guys forget to say what they need from you, but they have feelings, too. So say, ‘I really appreciate that.'" Giving thanks will improve his attitude and infuse your relationship with a feel-good energy.

9. A lengthy hug.

Instead of a quick peck before running out the door, choose a lingering embrace. "While women connect verbally, men connect more through touch." "Hug for at least seven seconds. It's a long time, but there's something about that number where the hold ends up really giving him something." And there's no doubt you'll like it, too.

10. A quickie.

Making love for an hour is nice, but once in a while, just go straight to business. Although women get that loving feeling with a rise in oxytocin (what you release during that post-coital cuddling session), men feel it with an increase in dopamine, the chemical they release during sex which stimulates the mental pleasure-and-reward centre. "I hope that most of the time, your lovemaking is full of foreplay and romance. But other times, just have sex."

11. Letting Him Vent

The latest office drama or family fight plays on his emotions more than he'd like to let on. So create a safe space for your guy to let his walls down. "Listen to his worries or problems without trying to fix them." "It shows him you don't deem him weak or inadequate and affords him a place in the relationship to share that part of his life. Moreover, it shows you care." If he comes home from work in a bad mood, ask him if he wants to let it out. If not, that's fine - but he may need a prod to open the floodgates.

Source - Nobuhle Virgie
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