What do men really want?

Straight from the mouths of the guys themselves — it turns out what they crave is simpler, sweeter, and more surprising than you'd ever imagine.

A full shelf just for us in the bathroom cabinet.

Rescuing our razor from an avalanche of lipstick, creams and other odd looking things, is not the most fun way to start the morning.

You not saying how fat you think you are when you get dressed in the morning.

Who cares if you can't fit into a dress that you used to wear 15 years ago? We think you're still totally hot. After all, we men don't all have the six-pack we want, but that doesn't stop us from acting like we're super studs.

Fast food for dinner every now and then.

You know how difficult it is to diet and exercise, so when we’re on some kind of fitness programme, throw us a bone – preferably one covered in fried chicken. See, if we buy a bucket ourselves, then we are weak-willed, but if we eat something our wives picked up as a treat, we’re being gracious, appreciative husbands.

Men say “I love you” with actions.

Some men prefer to show their feelings through actions rather than words. This means fixing things around the house, tidying up the yard, taking out the trash – anything that makes your world a better place.

Men like pleasing their partner.

Your pleasure is important to your man. But he won’t know what you want unless you tell him. Too many women feel uncomfortable about what they like and don’t like. If you can tell him clearly in a way that doesn’t bruise his ego, he’ll listen – because he knows he will feel good if you feel good.

Men need time for themselves.

While shared activities are important and strengthen relationships, men also need time for themselves, whether it is a game of golf, gardening, or working out in the gym. Encourage him to pursue his hobbies, while you make time for your own. When both partners have space to nurture their individuality, they have more to give each other.

Men don’t pick up subtle cues.

Men are more likely to miss subtle signals like tone of voice or facial expressions. And they are especially likely to miss sadness on a woman’s face. If you want to make sure your guy gets the messages, be direct.

Men respond to appreciation.

Showing appreciation for your guy can make a big difference in the way he acts. Take parenting: studies show that fathers are more involved in care-giving when their wives value their involvement and see them as competent.

We like the chase - but if you like us, don’t make it impossible.

“Mission Impossible” isn’t a fun adventure. It’s frustrating, depressing, and eventually we’ll give up.

A compliment (or two) doesn’t hurt.

It goes against the notion that men don’t need their feelings coddled, but a compliment goes a long way in boosting our confidence. It doesn’t have to be verbal either. A bicep squeeze, a longing stare, even a full-on, up-and-down check-out will be taken as a compliment. In this instance, we’re all for being objectified.

Be confident - looks matter, but not that much.

According to a study by Glamour magazine, 78% of men would rather date a confident plus-size woman than an insecure supermodel. The way we perceive women is generally how they perceive themselves.



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