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Better Than "I Love You"

11 ways to show a guy you really, really care

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  • 10. Having a quickie

    Making love for an hour is nice, but once in a while, have sex for just a few minutes, suggests Dr. Dow. Although women get that loving feeling with a rise in oxytocin (what you release during that post-coital cuddling session), men feel it with an increase in dopamine, the chemical they release during sex which stimulates the mental pleasure-and-reward center, explains Dr. Dow. “I hope that most of the time, your lovemaking is full of foreplay and romance. But other times, just have sex."

    11. Letting Him Vent

    The latest office drama or family fight plays on his emotions more than he'd like to let on. So create a safe space for your guy to let his walls down. “Listen to his worries or problems without trying to fix them,” advises Dr. Brosh. “It shows him you don't deem him weak or inadequate and affords him a place in the relationship to share that part of his life. Moreover, it shows you care.” If he comes home from work in a bad mood, ask him if he wants to let it out. If not, that's fine—but he may need a prod to open the floodgates.

Better Than "I Love You"
11 ways to show a guy you really, really care
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