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It's true love if your husband does these 11 things for you

Posted April 28

You know he loves you each time he wraps you in a hug and tenderly kisses your forehead. But as life gets busy, those frequent kisses are few and far between.

Love isn’t only based on physical affection; it’s also shown through basic gestures you might be overlooking. If your husband does these 11 things, you’ll never have to question his love for you:

1. He provides a safe environment

Creating a safe home for you and your children shows he cares for your well-being. A devoted father and husband desires to keep his family safe. You can make your home a safe place both physically and emotionally by creating a safety plan (such as where you will meet in case of an emergency), posting emergency contact information on the fridge and being aware of your family's needs.

2. He provides financial support

He strives to provide the basic needs of life: food, water and a roof over your head. Together, you should set a budget and live within those means.

3. He is committed to you

Only to you. Show your commitment to him as well by being there for your him on his worst and best days.

4. He loves your faults

He embraces your faults because they are part of who you are. He confronts you when he has serious concerns, but he does so with love and understanding. Try talking with your spouse once a week about things both of you can improve on, therefore, you can both encourage each other throughout the week.

5. He smiles when he sees you

Even when he’s had a rough day, he looks forward to seeing your beautiful face. Give him a hug and that sweet smile he adores as soon as he walks through the door. Allow him to look forward to your reunion every day before discussing dinner and other tasks that need to be completed.

6. He listens

If your husband listens to your worries with true intent and tries to understand how you’re feeling, never let him go. A man who truly loves you will listen because he cares about your thoughts and feelings. Take time to communicate and connect with each other each day. Even if you only have a few moments to spare, this deep communication will make a wonderful difference in your marriage.

7. He supports your dreams

He knows your goals and supports you 100 percent of the way. Share your goals and continue to encourage each other as you both work diligently to follow your dreams.

8. He puts your needs before his

He can’t always put his responsibilities on hold, but he knows his priorities. Let him know how much you appreciate him when he drops what he’s doing to make sure your needs are being met.

9. He does favors for you

He does little things to make your day. He’s willing to help out when you ask, and sometimes he does favors before you ask him to. Performing small acts of kindness for each other now and then will fully strengthen your marriage.

10. He makes time for you

Work and kids keep you busy from dawn to dusk, but no matter his schedule, he makes you a priority and saves time just for the two of you to spend together. After the kids go to bed, sneak in some cuddle time on the couch or sit on the porch to enjoy the night sky together.

11. He expresses his love for you every day

He shows his love through both words and actions. Doing mundane activities like going to work, mowing the lawn and folding laundry is how he proves his love and reminds you how much he cares. Thank him for the things he does for you every day—no matter how small they may be.

If your husband does any of these things for you, he truly loves you. Are you doing the same for him? Recognize and appreciate the small things your spouse does every day to express his love, because the little things count the most.

Shaelynn Miller is a journalist who has a passion for photography, video production and writing.

Contact her at smiller@deseretdigital.com.

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