Where did we get the notion that only women like to be told they look good, smell good, are hot, smart or sexy?
All my life I had the idea that guys were more secure about their looks and sex appeal than women are. Guys are supposed to not care about things like what clothes they wear or whether their new haircut looks good, right?
Tell him once in a while how attractive he looks So let him know when you see him and just get that oh my gosh you are so hot tingle.
Tell him he looks hot when he wears that old beat-up tee shirt. Let him know how much you love smelling his neck when you hug.
If your partner works outside the home, let him know that you appreciate what he does. Even if he loves his job, I guarantee you there are days when he thinks about throwing in the towel or yelling at his boss, or just hiding away in his office all day. But he doesn’t do it. Part of the reason might be you, and your family.
No, he’s probably not a sex god, but the best sex feels transcendent, mutual, connected, steamy, and dreamy; so keep sex sacred and intense for both of you. Making him feel like your own personal sex diety, and him reciprocating, will probably make both your lives happier.
Nobody ever owes their partner sex, but cultivating desire is a good thing in a healthy relationship. If it’s challenging to get into the sex-god or goddess mode when you’re at home, try for a night in a hotel room. If that’s out of your budget, a tent in the woods can be really fun, too. Even at home you can talk about fantasies or look at sexy photos together, like the diverse set in Dr. Timaree’s NSFW library, if that works for you.
Or take some boudoir photos of yourself. Don’t feel up for showing your whole body or getting too racy? Try taking close-ups of a sexy but not-so-obvious body part. Your bra strap on your shoulder, the top of your undies peeking out from your jeans at the hip. There are lots of ideas out there for inspiration.
It’s easy: Nurture your desire for him. Choose to fantasize about him, about a time you were together, about that favorite part of his body that you love so much. Then heap all that desire upon him when you have the next opportunity to be together, alone.
I’ll be honest, this one was the hardest for me. I don’t know why, but when Ivan and I were first together, I resented how much time he spent surfing or riding his mountain bike. We were both working, we didn’t see each other a whole lot, and I felt like I was cast aside.
That was a lot of pressure to put on my husband, and not very fair. We eventually learned how to schedule our alone time—and I took advantage of him being so supportive of my need to work out, write or just read a book in bed.
Unless he’s so absorbed in his alone time that you disappear from his priorities, your separateness is a good thing! If you’re worried about how long he’ll be gone, just set a time when he’ll be back and make plans together for later. Being apart can give you more to talk about, and when his alone time is used for exercise or meditation, he’ll probably be happier and healthier for having done it.
It’s easy: Smile when he says he’s off to do the things that make him happy on his own. Give him a kiss. He’ll feel seen, heard and supported.
I’m as guilty as everyone else on this. There’s always one more email, one more text from a friend, another work emergency popping up. But you need to set that phone down and see the man in front of you.
When I get stuck in this cycle I try to take a deep breath and consider the worst thing that could happen if I ignored whatever is buzzing at me. If it’s a true emergency, of course he understands, but most things can wait.
Often when I put down my phone I see him there, and really look at his face. I see the man that I love, the man I met so many years ago, and I think about how absurd it is that I’m not engaging with him.
Make a deal with your partner: if you have to pick up your phone for something urgent, let the other know what it is in just a few words. “The server is down,” or “The sitter is calling,” are justifiable reasons to step away for a moment, but let him know why you’re doing it and that you’ll be back.
It’s easy: Be in the moment when you’re with the person you love. Try not to let it slip by while you stare at a screen.
I admit, I lifted this one straight from the pen of James Sama, but it’s powerful advice and so easy to do!
Picking up a coffee? Grab him one! Making a cup of tea? Offer to make him one, too.
I learned this lesson a long time ago: If I’m ever at a surf shop, I bring Ivan home a present. I’m usually there picking up something for the kids, but I always grab a tee shirt, or a cap, or even just a new lip balm or tube of sunscreen for my husband.
It’s not about the money spent, it’s about the fact that I’m saying to him, “I know you love surf shops, and I thought of you when I was there.”
It’s easy: It only takes a second to say, “Can I get you one?” and the effect ripples out infinitely.
You don’t have to stare longingly at one another like you used to with your 9th grade boyfriend at the roller rink. Just take a moment to connect, eye-to-eye, and share looks with one another.
If you listened to stereotypes about what guys like, you wouldn’t think a soul-gazing connection would be on his list of good things, but I dare you to try it. Look him in the eye with a smile or a playful expression, and hold his gaze for three seconds. It’s a flirting technique that works for single people because it makes the other person feel like the only one in the room. He may be your boyfriend or husband now, but he still deserves to feel special.
It’s easy: Catch his eye. Smile. Repeat.
One key to a lasting relationship is to give your partner a million happy little moments with you, and he should do the same in return. After all, studies show that a happy marriage seems to come down to how much kindness exists between the partners.
It’s not always easy to do some of these items, even though I tried to make it seem like it is. Sometimes they require us to be vulnerable in a way we’re not used to. I get it, I’ve been there, sometimes I’m still there. But I think it’s worth it to give it a shot.
And ask him about his list of little things that make him happy – I bet you’re already doing a lot of them.