5 things men love to hear
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“Then what happened?”
It’s human: A man likes to think that his life is reasonably interesting. And while interrupting him, changing the subject, or acting bored are well-known nails in the coffin, it’s not enough to just sit there, smile, and say, “Uh-huh” every few seconds. Actively egg him on with comments like “You’re kidding! What happened next?” or “Go on...” That way, he’ll know you’re genuinely interested verses just being polite.
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“That’s pretty impressive.”
Maybe he placed in a local triathlon. Or got a promotion at work. Or figured out how to fix his boiler. Whatever he’s done, if he’s mentioning it on a date, he’s most likely proud of it and if you feed his ego by applauding his efforts, you’ll make him feel like a king.
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“Thank you.”
No doubt about it, manners matter and are sorely lacking in today’s less formal dating scene. Tap into your inner Emily Post, and it’s sure to make you stand out. So, thank him when he tells you that you look pretty tonight. Thank him for paying for dinner. Thank him for walking you to your car. It’s so small a thing, but it’ll make a huge difference to him.
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“What do you do when you’re not at work?”
Although a guy’s work might be of primary importance, he also has other things in his life that he values. Does he juggle? Work on his car? Play an instrument? With a little probing, a woman can hit upon hidden passions—and convey that she’s you’re interested in getting a complete picture of him and not just what he does for his salary.
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“I’d like to get your opinion on something.”
It’s the damsel in the distress call, and it’s pure catnip for men: That’s because we love feeling useful, and you seeking our advice definitely fits the bill. So whether you need tips on buying a digital camera or how to handle a tricky situation with your boss, he’ll be glad to help. (He will be less eager, however, to comment on shopping, knitting or his dating past...but you knew that.)