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6 Alternative Romantic Expressions To Tell Your Man

6 Alternative Romantic Expressions To Tell Your Man

“I love you”. This sentence may be only three words, but they are some of the most emotionally-laden words that you could say to your man. While it is important to remind your significant other how much you love him from time to time, it is also important to express your feelings towards him in other phrases that show him you care. Scientifically, it is proven that men crave respect from their partner more and appreciate hearing these other types of romantic expressions and phrases from you occasionally.

1. “Thank you”

This simple expression of gratitude is important for him to hear because it means that you are acknowledging his efforts. Whether it is something as simple as putting away the dishes without you asking or something bigger like him remembering to pick-up your dry cleaning, these are moments that he is showing how much he cares and it is important for you to show him how much it means to you.

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2. “I’m proud of you”

This phrase is important for him because it shows that you are acknowledging his accomplishments, big and small. He will appreciate hearing this expression from you because it shows that you are paying attention to important goals in his life and giving him validation for completing them. No matter when you say it, either after he finished a long-time personal goal of competing in a marathon or successfully being able to stand up to his boss when he was being treated unfairly, it is music to his ears.

3. “I believe in you”

This crucial expression is important because it shows him how much you believe in his abilities, especially if he is doubting them himself. Men are wired to be more goal-oriented than women and find encouragement from their significant other to be a factor in their success with anything that they do. Having a strong foundation of moral support in small daily occurrences like encouraging him to try take-up a new sport to larger life goals like finishing an advanced degree is important for his chance of success.

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4. “I trust you”

This sentence is one of the most important romantic expressions or phrases that you could say to him to show that you care. Men often have a competitive nature and like to believe that they can figure some things out on their own. If he excels at something like balancing your taxes and you would rather do anything but, give him the reigns and then leave him alone and let him do his thing. When men are given their partner’s complete trust it boosts their self-confidence and they often end up doing a top-notch job with this added encouragement.

5. “You are handsome”

This expression may seem a bit surface-level, but it is important to acknowledge the extra effort when he dresses up. Men are physical creatures and when you complement him on his looks, he feels desired by you even after all the time you have been together. Likewise, it is also important to recognize his efforts if he has been working out and there are noticeable positive changes in his body. Men love to know that all the long hours they have put into the gym have been paying off and are easily noticeable to others, especially you.

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6. “You are so talented”

This expression is important because it shows that you notice his strengths, whether it is his ability to cook his signature roasted chicken dish or his ability to finish a crossword puzzle in record time. Whatever his talents are, big or small it is important that you acknowledge them often, which will give him the boost to keep pursuing them and improving  himself.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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