If you want to know how to love a man so that he loves and adores you, and never wants to leave, you’ll want to take time to discover what a man really needs from a relationship.
We’re not here to tell you how to love a man by being more feminine or to smile and laugh more. You’re a smart, successful woman. You don’t want to be condescended to, and the truth is men and women are different and have different needs in relationship.
Acting like your man’s brain is the same as yours isn’t going to get you the lasting love you desire. Just because men and women are equal and deserve respect doesn’t mean that they are the same.
Men and women are different. Understanding those differences and making adjustments to your behavior will allow you to relax knowing that your man feels loved by you. He wants to be your hero. And by giving him the space to be your hero, his self-confidence will grow.
How To Love A Man So He Stays With You Forever
Tell Him What Will Make You Happy
Your man wants you to be happy and he wants to be the source of your happiness. Tell him what you want. Don’t keep your desires a secret.
It may seem like it is more romantic for him to just “know” what you want, but that is a recipe for disappointment. Attraction and even deep love do not come with mind-reading powers. Tell him. You’ll get what you want, and he’ll feel good about himself because he is able to deliver what you want and please you.
There was a best-selling book a few years ago called, “Why Men Love Bitches.” A more accurate title could have been, “Why Men Love Women Who Know What They Want And Ask For It,” but it isn’t as catchy of a title. Love your man by asking for what you want, and he will love you back by giving it to you.
How to love a man so he sticks around? Tell him how to please you.
Acknowledge And Appreciate Him
When your man gives you what you asked for, acknowledge and appreciate his actions. This is the fuel a man runs on in relationship. He doesn’t need you to reciprocate but he does need to feel appreciated.
Many divorced men we’ve spoken to have shared with us that they never felt appreciated by their wives. Instead, they felt like nothing they did was ever good enough. A man who doesn’t feel like he can win with you will begin to feel demoralized and eventually give up trying.
How to love a man so that he feels self-confident? Acknowledge and appreciate when he does something for you.
Let Him Know That His Efforts Count
Just because you’ve told your man what you want doesn’t mean that he’s always going to get it exactly right. The key is whether or not he is making an effort. If he is trying to make the changes you are asking for, let him know that his efforts count.
Behavioral change is not always easy. Your habitual behaviors aren’t going anywhere without some conscious effort. Encourage your man instead of criticizing him and he’ll make the effort to step up for you.
If you are frustrated or disappointed with him, don’t demean him. See if you can have a productive discussion about your expectations and allow him input into how your expectations can be met.
How to love a man so that he keeps working to make you happy? Let him know that his efforts to change are just as important as him actually changing.
Give Him Space
Maybe he needs guy time, or he likes to hibernate in his man cave. However, your guy recharges, give him the space to do it. Very few relationships function well when the expectation is that the two of you should do everything together.
If you respect his need for space, he will then be more present with you when the two of you are together. Men need time to recharge and time spent alone tinkering on a computer or in a workshop allows them to reconnect with themselves and produce testosterone.
The same applies to giving a man space to make up his mind. Let him know what you want and give him some time to think about it. He’ll be more likely to come around if you let him decide for himself than if you keep trying to convince him.
How to love a man so he feels respected? Give him space to recharge and to make up his own mind without pressure.
Take Him At His Word
Most men are pretty upfront about who they are and what they want. If a man tells you what is important to him, believe him. Avoid the urge to read into his actions or to make assumptions about what you think he wants.
Where a man spends his resources (his time, energy, and money) tells you what is important to him. In general, men don’t send subtle clues. What you see is what you get.
How to love a man so that he knows you understand him? Take him at his word and respond accordingly.
Discover What Makes Him Feel Loved
Just because you love gifts and being told, “I love you” doesn’t mean that is what makes your man feel loved by you. Take time to discover what makes him feel loved.
The old adage of, “loving someone the way you want to be loved” should actually be “love someone the way they want to be loved.”
Most people give love the way they want to receive it. Notice how he is showing you that he loves you. That will give you a clue of what he wants from you. You could also both take the 5 Love Languages Quiz and have fun sharing your results.
How to love a man so that he truly feels loved by you? Discover what makes him feel loved and deliver what he needs.
Don’t Treat Him Like Your Girlfriend
When you share a story with your girlfriend you give her all the details and the play-by-play because that’s what she wants to hear. A man won’t know what to do with all that information. He wants to help you, but his eyes will glaze over if you give him every single detail.
When you need to vent or are looking for a receptive ear, your girlfriends are a great resource. Your man isn’t going to interact with you like your female friends. He wants you to get to the point and let him know how he can help. He’s not interested in hearing every plot point along the way.
If the two of you are coming together after a long day apart, give him time to recharge before sharing your day with him. And let him know that you aren’t looking for his advice, that you’d feel better just knowing that he heard you. Better yet, call a girlfriend while he is recharging and re-hash your day with her. Then you and your man can connect in a more meaningful way later on.
How to love a man so that he doesn’t go into overwhelm? Share the details of your day with a girlfriend and make a direct request of your man.
Get A Status Update On His “Honey Do List”
You want your man to take care of projects that are important to you, but don’t want to be a nag? A great communication tool for reminding him is to ask him for a status update.
“Can I get a status update on the bedroom getting painted?” This is a much more effective way of finding out where he is than asking him, “Why haven’t you painted the bedroom yet?” When you ask for a status update you give him the opportunity to share what he’s gotten done and what he still needs to take care of. It also reminds him of the project without putting him on the spot.
How to love a man without nagging him? Ask him for a status update on his to-do list.
Give Him The Time To Express His Thoughts And Feelings
Most men know what they think about a situation, but they don’t always know how they feel about it. And even if they know their thoughts, they may take time finding a way to express them.
Give him time to express himself instead of jumping in and sharing your thoughts and feelings so quickly. He may not be as quick to find the words to express what’s going on. Be careful of the desire to fill in the blanks. If he feels safe expressing himself with you then he’ll gradually open up even more.
How to love a man so he feels like he can open up to you? Give him some time to formulate his thoughts instead of jumping in as soon as there is a pause. You’ll find out a lot more about him if you let him stammer through and find the words to express himself.
Be His Lover Not His Mother
Most men like to be nurtured but that doesn’t mean that you want him to rely on you for everything. You’re not his mother reminding him to clean up after himself or making sure he wears a jacket when he goes out.
He’s a grown man. He can take care of himself. You can show him your nurturing side but don’t mother him or treat him like a child. This will kill the romance between the two of you.
Flirt with him. Complement him. Let him know you still find him attractive. And leave the mothering for when he is sick or feeling down.
How to love a man so that he still has the hots for you? Leave the mothering to his mother and focus on being his lover.
Give Him The Benefit Of The Doubt
Too many women give a man the benefit of the doubt from the first date when there is chemistry and attraction present. It is better to wait until you really get to know him. First discover who he is and what he values, before you give him the benefit of the doubt.
If he’s earned his way to exclusivity and a commitment, then he deserves the benefit of the doubt. He deserves for you to believe that he has the best intentions for the two of you. Women often wear rose-colored glasses early in the relationship and as the years go by take them off and become more critical of their man.
Wait to put on your rose-colored glasses until after he has proven himself. Then put on those rose-colored glasses and see him in his best light, even on his worst days.
How to love a man so that he trusts you completely? Give him the benefit of the doubt.
Don’t Take Him For Granted
A man who loves you is working to show you his love all the time. He wants to solve your problems. He wants to provide what you need so that you are happy. He wants to take care of you and be your hero.
Don’t take his actions for granted. Let him know that you appreciate him and his efforts. Respect the differences between the two of you. Show him respect. He will repay you by being the kind of man you can’t count on as sure as you know the sun will rise tomorrow.
How to love a man so that he gives you what you want and need? Let him know how much you love and appreciate him daily.
Men and women approach romantic relationships differently and have different needs in relationship. Understanding these differences and adjusting your behavior will bring you the long-lasting, soul-satisfying love you desire.
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Orna and Matthew Walters are TV’s favorite dating and relationship experts. They uncover subconscious blocks to love so that you can select an ideal partner to share your life with. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.