What goes on in guys’ minds can be somewhat of a mystery for their partners: Characteristically not ones to pour their hearts out, some men allow their emotions to remain unprocessed and their needs unmet. They may not fully express that they’re longing for acknowledgement from the person they love most. “With men, it all comes down to validation,” says sex and relationship expert Dr. Sadie Allison. “They want to be recognized for their good qualities and thoughtful actions, know that they’re doing a good job and that their efforts are noticed.”
Guys’ needs to hear that endorsement may often be overlooked — likely because most men don’t exactly ask for it. But everyone deserves to feel supported and understood. Here are 10 things for which men in particular crave to be championed.