If you’ve been dating your boyfriend for awhile, it can be easy to take him for granted or not even realize you should be showing him love. There are countless ways you can do this. While it’s important to show your boyfriend a physical sign of affection (like giving him a kiss or a hug), it’s equally as important to show him an emotional sign of affection (like being there for him to talk).
1.Find ways to support him.
If he wants to go to law school, find ways to help out with his tuition costs. If he wants to take a class at the local community college, help pay for that as well. It’s nice to think that our boyfriends are self-reliant and don’t need our help, but even if they do, your support will show them that they don’t need to be. You might also want to find a way to show your support for your boyfriend—teach him how to cook, encourage him in his hobbies, or just make sure he has someone he can talk with about anything at all. Remember that your boyfriend is sensitive and vulnerable—when you’re supportive of him and make sure he knows he’s loved, it’ll make him feel valued and appreciated.
2. Be open-minded about his interests.
You don’t need to share all of your partner’s interests and hobbies, but having an understanding of them will help you better understand who he is as a person.
3.Build a strong foundation.
A solid relationship is built on trust, communication and understanding. If you really want to love your boyfriend, you have to have a deep understanding of his personality and character, and he has to trust that you will be there for him whenever he needs you.
Men crave physical affection — even if they don’t always admit it! Make sure you let him know how much he means to you through physical contact — hugs, cuddles, kisses etc. It doesn’t hurt to be a bit playful too!
5. Do things that are important to him.
For instance, if he really enjoys watching football, go out and buy a football jersey for the two of you. If he likes ice cream, go to the store and get his favorite flavor and let him eat it right out of the tub while sitting on your lap. If he loves video games, play video games with him or let him watch while you do something else that needs doing so he knows that you care about what he cares about.
6.Encourage his passions.
f he loves fishing, join him on his next trip (even if you hate it). Or if he’s into biking, let him give you pointers. (You may not be coordinated enough to actually ride a bike, but he’ll appreciate the effort.)
7. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind.
Your boyfriend will love you even more if you have an opinion of your own. Don’t pretend to agree with everything he says just because you’re trying to please him. If you disagree, tell him why — nicely but firmly. And don’t be afraid to talk about things that bother you. If something is upsetting you, tell him. Communication is key in every relationship.
8. Tell him you love him.
A lot of times when we’re frustrated with our boyfriends it’s because we feel unappreciated or unloved. If this is the case, remind them how much they mean to you. Try saying something like “I love you a lot.” You could even send him a text or write him a note saying how much he means to you. Even if he doesn’t say it back right away, he’ll appreciate that you’re showing you care.
9. Give him time to himself when he needs it.
Even the most committed couples need time apart every once in a while. Giving your man some space can help boost his happiness by giving him a chance to enjoy his own interests and spend time with his friends. If you think that he needs some time apart from you, then let him go out for a night without you so that he can have fun with friends who are not part of your relationship.
10. Make him a priority in your life.
If you want to show your boyfriend that you care about him, then you have to put him first. It’s as simple as that. You have to make him a priority in your life, or else he might start to wonder if you really love him. If he starts to wonder that, he might turn away from you, and you’ll never know what could have been. If he turns away from you because he thinks that your love for him is just an act to get his attention, then he’s going to stop looking for ways to be a better boyfriend—and you’ll never know what could have been.
11. Be nice to his friends and family.
If your boyfriend has some close friends, make an effort to get to know them and make a good impression on them. It will make your boyfriend feel appreciated if he sees that you’re trying to get along with the people he cares about.
12. Compliment him! It’s important.
Compliment his efforts in areas where he has accomplished a lot of progress. Sometimes we’re so caught up in our own achievements that we forget all the good things our partner has done for us even though they don’t seem as impressive as our own accomplishments. By letting him know what he’s accomplished each day, you can show your appreciation while also giving him a boost of confidence—which is especially important when he has big goals like starting his own business or going back to school.
13. Don’t compare him to your exes.
Your boyfriend has feelings, too. Comparing him to the way your past boyfriends treated you only makes him feel like you’re not satisfied with the relationship.
So, here’s what it really comes down to—you need to show him that you love him. You need to help him understand how and why you feel the way you do. You need to be there for his ups and downs and listen to his dreams again. You need to support him in his goals. And in return, he needs to do the same for you.