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You vowed to love him and protect him in times of sickness and health. That about covers it all, doesn't it? Well ... not quite. In The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big Difference, author Shaunti Feldhahn shares the simple things your guy needs from the woman he loves. (After all the time you two have been together, we're guessing some of these might have fallen by the wayside!) Check out these five easy (but important) ways to make him feel loved:
1. Compliment him: Just as we love to be told we look great in a new outfit or deserved that big promotion, our men do, too. And relationship researchers found that when women are more liberal with compliments to their men, marriages are happier for it.
2. Brag about him: Compliments are crucial (see above), but you also need to take things to the next level: brag about him in front of your friends (or his)! It's not only an ego boost for him, say experts, but it strengthens your connection to him. He loves to know that you're proud of him!
3. Let him know you want him: You know that you're the object of his desire, but does he know that he is yours? Do you tell him enough? If not, he wants to hear it—in detail. Researchers say that your man craves hearing about how he, and he alone, pleases you. Shy brides, you don't have take this to Fifty Shades of Grey territory—just whisper three words in his ear: "I want you." And then if you're up for it, tell him how he drives you wild.
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4. Make sure he knows he makes you happy: In her research, Feldhahn found that 88 percent of men melted when they knew they made their women happy. And because he aims to please, reward him by giving him a spontaneous hug, or smiling his way when he walks in the door. (Or ... see number three!)
5. Thank him. We're all guilty of thinking grateful thoughts and not actually saying them. But in a relationship, it's important to verbalize your gratitude, especially when it comes to your man. Feldhahn says that as many as 72 percent of the men she surveyed noted the importance of being thanked for the things they do for the woman they love.