Updated: February 3, 2023
The theory goes that men aren’t supposed to like romance. But more and more of them are coming out of their shell to admit that, yes, they want to be wooed from time to time, too. It doesn’t have to be big — it just needs to be personal. These 8 things will certainly make him look at you with cheesy heart-eyes — and then maybe consider these strategies to pretty much guarantee you’ll get laid tonight.
1. Changing your outfit
When he comments on how great that flannel button-down looks on you, tuck the idea away so you can pair it with skinny jeans and boots for your next date. It’s not likely they’ll be interested in shopping for long, but the fact that he gets to choose something for you could keep him engaged for longer than you might think.
2. Sending him out with the guys
A guy’s time with his friends is just as important as your girls’ nights out, and acknowledging that makes you look like an independent, confident, insanely sexy woman. So if he’s waffling on whether he should really go catch that game with the guys, encourage him to make like Nike and just do it already.
3. Sneaking in a flirty note
“Sometimes a man likes to hear that he’s loved and missed,” says Goldstein. “Corny as it sounds, if the woman puts a note in his briefcase or sends a text just to say how much she’s looking forward to having sex that night, it can really make a guy’s day.” Easy enough, no?
4. Giving him the night off
Does he usually cook dinner during the week? Tell him you’re ordering out. Is he stressed about an upcoming work presentation? Bring the guy a chilled beer. Little gestures like that can feel like the royal treatment, yet they don’t take much effort on your part. Win-win!
5. Switching up sex
If you’re in the habit of having sex with the lights out, keep them on. Do it in a different room. Watch porn together. Whatever your usual routine is, break it. Novelty can immediately infuse romance back into a relationship, and if he has some say-so about it, then he feels like his voice is being heard.
6. Telling him a secret
Women aren’t the only ones who want to feel like they’re not wasting their time in a relationship. Feeling connected with you in a way that he isn’t with anyone else is important to guys, says De Angelis, so confess something nobody else knows. It shows a deeper level of trust in both him and your relationship, she adds, because you’re making yourself vulnerable.
7. Dancing with you
You don’t have to spring for lessons — just put on some of his favorite music and ask him to dance. It’ll bring you physically and emotionally closer. And, when you’re literally in step, you’ll feel more connected to one another, according to a 2015 study.
8. Having a phone-free night
Does anything say I love you like being off your phone for a night? Instead of having your texts and notifications lighting up during your hang-out time, leave your cell on the charger and enjoy being in each other’s presence.
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