"Genuine compliments on his looks and strength confirm that you admire him, which equates to love," says clinical psychologist Andra Brosh, Ph D.
When he pops the lid on the jam jar with ease, mention that you enjoy having such a strong man around.
Here, 11 gestures that show you care and why they're more meaningful to the guy in your life."When the male brain sees you checking your i Phone during dinner, it interprets that as 'I'm not important,'" says marriage therapist Mike Dow, Psy D.
"When a man can fix something, he feels competent and useful," says Dr. "Asking for advice shows that you rely on him and that there's a place for him in your life.
Need, dependency and love go hand in hand." Next time your husband drives the kids to school or takes out the trash, express your gratitude.
While you may not hesitate to ask for you time, your husband may have trouble verbalizing what he needs.
Occasionally, suggest he take a day to relax with friends, play video games, work on the car or just sleep in.
Even though women function differently (you know firsthand how well you multitask), your man will appreciate you focusing solely on him.
"It says, 'You are my priority, and I love you,'" adds Dr. So make eye contact while he's talking and limit interruptions.And the couples I've treated who know small details about each other have the happiest marriages." But maybe your husband likes everything you make! Research by Alan Hirsch, Ph D, of the Smell & Taste Research Foundation in Chicago has shown that that sweet scent arouses men more than other aromas.Dolling up sends the message that you still want to look good for him, no matter how long you've been together.Let your husband know you think of him the way he'd love to be seen: as a provider, problem-solver, handyman, sex stud and knight in shining armor.He'll beam—and chalk it up as a reason you chose him over all those other guys."Men's brains are wired to respond to visual cues more than women's brains," says Dr. "Seeing you in that sexy dress shows him you desire him." And a scarlet number may work best.