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16 things your husband will never ask for but desperately needs

Posted July 27

Men tend to make everyone believe that they don’t need help from anyone. From the outside, it seems like they can handle anything life throws their way. But even if your hubby is basically a stand-in for Superman, he might be secretly hurting on the inside or longing for something he doesn’t feel comfortable asking for.

In these situations, give your man a little extra love with these 16 things he needs from his wife:

1. For you to be straightforward

No one likes playing a guessing game. Even when your husband isn't frustrated, he needs you to tell him exactly what you need, want and expect. When you don’t communicate, your relationship suffers.

2. He doesn’t want to read your mind

Your hubby doesn’t want to guess why you’re upset or rack his brain trying to think of something he could have done wrong. If you’re upset, just tell him why and work it out.

3. Alone time

Let your husband have some time to himself every so often. I know it’s hard when you want to spend all the time you can together, but sometimes he needs to be alone with his thoughts.

4. Quality time

He really wants to spend time with you, whether you’re snuggling on the couch or out for a date night. He just loves being with you. He'd never admit to wanting alone time with you, a fuzzy blanket and a cup of cocoa, but that's what he wants.

5. His own hobbies

He loves having hobbies with you, but he also loves to have hobbies he can work on by himself. Give him time to go fishing just himself this weekend.

6. For you to choose where to eat

The struggle of choosing a place to eat is so real, and your hubby means it when he says you can pick. Give him what he wants and just make a decision.

7. Romantic gestures

He’ll never admit it, but he would absolutely love a surprise note in his car or his favorite treat delivered to his office. They don’t have to be big to be meaningful — even the small things will make his day.

8. Appreciation and admiration

Your husband does a lot for you and your family without much recognition. He won’t tell you, but he would love to be thanked or admired every once in a while.

9. Encouragement

He wants to know you’re proud of him and support him in everything he does. Encourage him to do his best and follow his dreams.

10. Intimacy

Your sweetheart wants a healthy, intimate relationship with you. He’ll be so grateful for your extra attention to his needs, and you’ll benefit too.

13. Compliments

If you have a nice thought about your husband, tell him! He’s not going to tell you he wants to hear those things, but he’ll appreciate them so much.

14. A shoulder to cry on

He wants you to think he’s super tough and strong all the time, but everyone needs someone to lean on during rough times. Be that person for him.

15. Undivided attention

Give your sweetheart some of undivided attention every day. Put away your phones and just talk — your relationship will be stronger for it.

16. A very best friend

Your husband needs you to be his best friend, not just his wife. Do fun things together, go on adventures and tell each other secrets to build the best friendship.

Husbands, do these things with your wife too. If you do these things for each other, your relationship will be stronger than ever.

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