What men want (but are afraid to ask for)

HE WANTS HIS GIRLFRIEND TO KNOW HE LOVES HER. He can be awkward. Words may fail him. But he likes to think you know how much he loves you. He does. You can see it in his attitude, feel it in his silences. Sex, and more sex? Of course not. Men’s desires are way more complex than that! Here are 20 things that men want but don’t dare to say, either because there are too shy, modest or proud.

HE WANTS WOMEN TO TAKE THE LEAD.He may be a natural leader, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t like you to take the lead. Surprise him… especially in bed. He will be under your spell.

HE WANTS RESPECT. He is very sensitive, and doesn’t like it when you belittle him, even as a joke. He wants respect, not mocking.  He may be bold, but he likes that you respect him for what he is… flaws included!

HE WANTS TO BE ADMIRED. He enjoys being flattered. He really does. Just look at him with admiration and he will be happy. A guy likes nothing more than making his girlfriend swoon – whether in life or in bed.

HE WANTS TO BE WITH YOU. He is independent, but he still likes you to be around. Better still, he likes (without daring to ask) when you spend the evening cuddling with him on the couch, just watching the match, or when you spend the day with him on the golf course (even if you're not that good at golf).

HE WANTS TO DATE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. All right, easy to say when he’s single if he wants to be seen as a sexist. But a guy likes to admire his girl. Not a skinny model or one who wears makeup all the time – just a girl who feels good about herself. The worst thing possible for him would be a girl addicted to her scale and perpetually on a diet.

HE WANTS TO RECEIVE ENCOURAGEMENT. He will never admit it, especially not in front of his pals, but your man has doubts. He sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night, just looking out at the ceiling with dark thoughts. In these times of anxiety, what helps him most is your support. He needs you to support him and his decisions.

HE WANTS TO FEEL APPRECIATED. Because he sometimes has doubts, he doesn’t take your love for granted, even if he may seem to at times. He needs your “thank you”, your sweet words and your knowing smiles. He also likes it when you express your gratitude for helping you with something.

 HE WANTS TO MAKE YOU LAUGH. When he succeeds in making you laugh, it’s like a victory to him that makes him proud. He really likes laughing with you and your sense of humour.

HE WANTS AN INDEPENDENT GIRLFRIEND. If you are always waiting for him to call or don’t have any life outside of him, your man might end up finding you a little boring. He likes that his girlfriend has projects of her own (he’s even proud of it!) and that she can take care of herself. Of course, he likes to protect her too, but he doesn’t want to cut her wings off. He likes a girl who has a life of her own, not someone who stops breathing when he is not around.

HE WANTS TO EAT. PERIOD.. He enjoys seeing you eat without counting each and every calorie or gram of fat. He loves to eat and wants to enjoy every mouthful. No counting and measuring for him. Above all, he wants you to let him eat what he feels like without judging or commenting as if you were a nutritionist.