By: Ayoola Adetayo

When you are in a relationship with a man, don’t always focus on getting and getting from him. You should know how to give, too.

So while it’s fine to blush and feel good when he starts your day with reassuring words and a reminder that you are still the best woman in his life, you should never forget that you’re not only the only one who likes to hear those kind sweet words.

Whether it’s a simple compliment to kick off his day or something deeper, these words of affirmation are  the kind of stuff your man wants to hear every morning and saying them to him will really strengthen your bond.

1. Tell him you’re lucky to have him

“Men take great pride in feeling like they’ve bettered our lives,” says Susan Winter, New York City-based relationship expert and dating coach.

If you’re feeling lucky in love, don’t keep those thoughts to yourself: Tell your significant other exactly how you feel.

2. Appreciate him

“Love can be fickle and desire could wane over time. Letting your partner know that you appreciate all they do for you will incentivize them to continue their good — and wanted — behavior,” Winter says.

3. Tell him he’s a good father

Men are usually measured by how responsible they are for family and their homes. So it means a lot to men to hear that they are not messing up on that front especially when it comes to how the kids are being nurtured.

“This compliment reinforces their work and sacrifice for the family, increasing their desire to continue. That, in turn, strengthens the family unit and creates a bond of pride and greater involvement,” Winter says.

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Ayoola Adetayo is a senior reporter at Pulse.
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