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Keep your man around if he does these 17 things for you

Posted April 20

Every man has a unique way of showing he loves and cares about you, but if he's striving to do these 17 things, he’s a keeper:

1. He puts effort into the relationship

He doesn’t care if you have been together for a month or five years, every day he tries to woo you. You regularly get surprises from him. It's clear he wants this relationship to work out, so he gives up his time to be with you.

2. He strives to understand you

When you do something that he thinks is strange, he tries to understand your thought process. Though it might not make sense to him, he accepts your personality and loves you for your quirks.

3. He accepts your weaknesses

You aren’t ashamed of your faults around him, because he'll lift you up and help make those weaknesses become strengths. Likewise, you accept and support him in his weaknesses.

4. He forgives you

Your small mistakes aren’t a deal breaker for your relationship. Any time you guys fight, he forgives you for any harsh words you may have said. At the same time, he recognizes his mistakes and is humble enough to ask you to forgive him.

5. He trusts you

The trust in your relationship prevents him from snooping through your messages or getting worried when you go out with the girls. This trust is a sign that you have a healthy relationship with your man, especially if you trust him too.

6. He makes you a priority

When you need him, he's there. He supports your goals, your dreams and he's there for all the important events in your life.

7. He is honest with you

He will always tell you the truth, even if the truth is hard.

8. He listens to you

When you need to talk, he doesn’t try to fix anything. He's also an active listener, which means he'll set aside any distractions and will ask you questions while you explain.

9. He is protective, but not possessive of you

Your safety and happiness is important, but he doesn’t try to control you. He allows you to have your space. He will do his best to protect you from whatever or whoever seeks to hurt you.

10. He opens up to you

He talks to you about his goals and dreams, but he also talks about his struggles and past. You don’t have to coax answers out of him. When he is ready, he'll tell you anything and everything you want to know.

11. He treats you as an equal

You don’t wonder where you stand in the relationship, because you know you stand shoulder to shoulder with your mister. He respects your thoughts and makes important decisions with you.

12. He makes you laugh

If he can get you to smile on a bad day, your life together will be filled with immense joy. Healthy relationships always involve laugher, which contributes to your overall happiness.

13. He keeps his promises

You can depend on him to keep his word. If something comes up and he has to break his promise, you know he'll make it up to you later.

14. He notices you in a crowded room

It doesn’t matter who else is in the room, his eyes are drawn to you. He's a man who truly understands who you are.

15. He desires you

He wants to kiss you, hold your hand, cuddle you close and much more. It’s not just your physical presence he desires, but he also desires your company and support.

16. He appreciates and respects you

You never get tired of him saying “thank you” even though he says it all the time. He appreciates every sacrifice you make for him and respects who you are and your decisions.

17. He shows and tells you that he loves you

Romantic or not, you know that your man loves you because he treats you like the most important person in his life. The words “I love you” come out of his mouth frequently and you never doubt he's telling the truth.

The next time you see your man, hug him and tell him how grateful you are for his love and support. When you do the above things for your mister, you'll discover that your relationships will be stronger than ever.

Stacie Simpson is a journalism student. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.

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