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Friday, July 25th, 2008

Here is a list compiled by on HOW TO MAKE A MAN FEEL GOOD. I’ll add my insight into each suggestion (V:). You can do the same by clicking the headline above and leaving your comments.

01. Be very impressed with his uncanny ability to read maps and figure out shortcuts that shave a full six seconds off his driving time.

V: If somehow your man does feel good after you say, “Wow, you can read a map,” he’ll feel stupid once he tries to fold the map and fails.

02. When you catch someone checking him out, let him know (even if it’s another guy).

V: Well, the first part of this could make sense. Guys don’t know how to react in the 2nd scenario. Do I go up and say thank you or thwap him in the nose?

03. Mastery of power tools is a deep wellspring of male pride. Ask frequently to have things mounted, fixed, planed, hung, adjusted, what have you, and be flabbergasted at how quickly and professionally he gets the job done.

V: I admit , I fall for this one way too often.

04. Flirt with him in inappropriate places: family dinners, crowded elevators, parent-teacher conferences.

V: Never during a sporting event. We’re too busy watching.

05. Leave the lid up for him (even if it kills you).

V: You really believe we’ll see that as a ‘sweet’ gesture? We’ll assume we forgot to put it
down… and then proceed to put it down.

06. Lavish him with compliments that are obviously unique to him. Little things, like: he has sexy ears, or you love the way he slices an onion.

V: If you compliment his onion slicing he’ll have you committed.

07. When something’s wrong with your car, ask him to take a look under the hood, even if he knows diddly about cars. Afterward, tell him it’s running much better. Then drive straight to the mechanic.

V: This works for most guys.

08. Make a screen saver out of his most adorable baby picture.

V: Not even close. Instead go with a picture of him from his glory days of sport (old hockey, football, or baseball photo).

09. Every male has physical features he hates. Convince him that you find his sexy. As in, “Shoulder hair rocks my world” or “Rub me all over with that great big belly of yours.”

V: Seriously? Again, he’ll have you committed.

10. Challenge him to an arm wrestle (unless you can beat him).

V: I can see that one working. If you can beat, simply lose on purpose.

11. Compliment his driving. Use words like masterful and in control.

V: Yes. A man likes to think he’s a wizard with a wheel.

12. Tell him there’s something about his favorite athlete that reminds you of him.

V: This one is clever… unless you say, “You both have male-pattern baldness.”

13. Act jealous every now and then — even if you’re not.

V: May work for some fellas but it actually annoys me.

14. Call him in the middle of the night when you’re out of town and tell him you can’t sleep without him beside you. (Use sparingly.)

V: Bad idea b/c a) you’ll be waking him up and b) he’ll think you’re trying to make him feel guilty for being able to sleep without you by his side.

15. Don’t overlook the basics. Tell him he’s a terrific father. Tell him he’s smart. Tell him he’s handsome.

V: Of course.

16. Compare him (favorably) to your old boyfriends.

V: Personally I don’t care if I’m better or worse than the ex’s.

17. Rave about his cooking, even if Dinty Moore did all the prep work. Take a small first helping so he can see you go back for seconds.

V: Love it when my lady brags about my BBQing. Do it.

18. Boast about his latest accomplishment (say, the new sink he installed) to your friends while he’s there. Omit unflattering details (faucets reversed, U-joint spritzing water onto linoleum).

V: I use this trick with my wife. Do it.

19. When you overhear your kids bragging about him to their friends, tell him what they said.

V: Sure. This one I like.

20. Compliment his impeccable taste — in clothing, in films, and in women.

V: Other women?

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