Learning how to be a better girlfriend isn’t as hard as you might think. Making your boyfriend happy makes you happy. So, if you look at it that way, being a better girlfriend pretty much means you’re being a better you.
We all have moments of weakness during which we lash out, nag, or say something we don’t mean. No one is perfect. I’m sure your boyfriend isn’t either.
But as long as you truly care and try to make him happy while maintaining a healthy relationship, you’ve got this. You can learn how to be a better girlfriend in no time. [Read: 27 ways to make him love you even more]
Learning how to be a better girlfriend is not all about pleasing your man. It isn’t about doing what he wants or following his commands. In fact, your boyfriend should NEVER be commanding you.
Being a better girlfriend is about bettering the relationship as a whole. It’s about working as a team. Learning how to be a better girlfriend takes patience and practice. With that, you can be the best girlfriend you can be.
Believe it or not, improving yourself in the relationship will also enhance your connections at work and with friends and family. Part of being a better girlfriend is being a better person, and we could all do with a little of that. [Read: Fun ways to surprise your boyfriend]
Learning how to be a better girlfriend isn’t complicated. The fact that you’re reading this right now shows how much you care. You are already putting in the effort. Good for you.
Now you just need to put the work in, and the work isn’t hard. Knowing how much you can get out of it will motivate you to always try to be a better girlfriend. Hopefully, it will inspire him to be a better boyfriend, too.
As women, we love to offer advice, but not every situation calls for your opinion. Learn how to listen without offering your opinion or advice. Sure, sometimes it is needed. If you aren’t sure, ask.
Ask him if he wants your take on the situation. If not, just let him vent. He will appreciate the silent support. [Read: 17 easy ways to be a good girlfriend to your boyfriend]
Men are more sensitive than they let on. Your little joke about his nose hairs or how he wears his hair might seem harmless, but it probably cuts a lot deeper than you think.
Just as you are self-conscious, he is, too. Unless it is something he can fix in 2 minutes or less, like food in his teeth or a booger in his nose, it isn’t worth commenting on.
Women are very emotionally turbulent. It’s no secret to anyone. It isn’t our fault, but trying not to emotionally explode all over our partner can make the relationship sail a lot more smoothly.
This isn’t the ’50s. You can have and show your feelings, and you should. You don’t need to be meek or mild-mannered. Just try to pause and take a breath before reacting.
A big blowout can lead to fights and regrets. Try to digest new information fully, and take a time-out before blurting out the first thing that comes to your mind.
Don’t misinterpret what we’re saying. You do not need to be agreeable and calm all the time. Just slow down and breathe before reacting. This can help turn an overreaction into a simple reaction. [Read: Why are women so emotional? The scientific reasons why]
What did we do before cell phones and texting? We were probably all better girlfriends back then.
It is easy to sit next to your boo, scroll through Instagram, and only half-listen to what he’s saying. When you are together, try to make it quality time by putting your phone away. It may even be helpful to plan phone-free dates so that you both share your undivided attention. [Read: 15 tips to employ when your boyfriend is mad at you]
When you’re mad, things can get heated. Instead of flipping out or taking off, make some ground rules while you’re both calm. Talk about what you’ll do in the middle of a fight if things are getting out of hand. Do you need to go to separate rooms to cool off? Do you need to cuddle quietly before talking again?
Introduce these ideas when you’re getting along. This way, when a fight does arise, you won’t take it too far and say something you regret.
If you want to know how to be a better girlfriend, avoid name-calling. You aren’t children. Don’t ever call him names or point out his biggest insecurities. Hitting below the belt is not cool. No matter how upset you are with him or a situation, it is never helpful.
You are only creating resentment and lowering his self-esteem, which will come back to bite you both. [Read: 33 interesting words for lovers, breakups, and fights]
Respecting your partner should be of the utmost importance. It should be a priority. Whether you’re fighting or not, disrespecting each other is the first step toward the end. Instead of being rude or disregarding their feelings, listen. You care about this person, so make it known.
It’s okay to worry about why he is withdrawn and upset, but if he doesn’t want to talk about it, don’t try to pry it out of him. Let him cool down. Sometimes he needs to go to the gym or play video games to calm down. He may not need to talk it out like you do, and that’s okay. Everyone deals with their emotions differently.
Simply let him know that you’re there if he wants to talk, but don’t push it. Forcing him to talk will only push him away. Yes, he should open up to you, but he doesn’t need to share every emotion at every given moment. Being a better girlfriend is about letting him be. [Read: Why men pull away – their reasoning and your response]
If he has a ritual of coming home and sitting on the front stoop, respect it. It’s hard not to take it personally when a guy wants space, but it’s his time to work through the day, recoup, and regenerate. You might use your time in the shower or bath for that. His time may look different, but let it be.
If you allow him to unwind, he’ll be all wound up to spend time with you, and it will strengthen your relationship.
To be the best girlfriend, never snoop. Never invade his privacy. A solid relationship is built on trust. As we said, learning how to be a better girlfriend is about working on yourself. Usually, when you don’t trust your boyfriend, it isn’t because of something he’s doing. It comes from within.
Work on your own trust issues so that he doesn’t become the focus of them.
Every guy needs “his” time, just as you need yours. You go out with your friends or talk to your mom on the phone. Maybe he just wants to sit in silence or take a nap. You should both have freedom. A relationship shouldn’t be a prison.
Your relationship is a part of your life, not the entire thing. Treat it as such. [Read: How to be the best girlfriend – 25 ways to leave him addicted]
Guys hear things differently depending on the way girls speak. You may think you’re making sense to him, but there’s a chance that he is totally misunderstanding. You shouldn’t have to bend over backward so that he understands you, but be sure he is clear on what you mean.
Ask if he needs you to reword something. Have him repeat what you said to be sure he understands. You can’t just assume he knows what you mean. Trust us. This isn’t just you being a better girlfriend. It benefits you, too.
A good girlfriend is attentive to his needs. You don’t need to be a mind reader, but try to be aware. Know that Thursdays are rough work days, so make his favorite dinner.
You know that his mom calls him for a long chat on Sundays, so offer to talk to her so that he can have a break. Just try to pay attention, and this will come easily. [Read: Little ways to stop being so jealous in a relationship]
He was a teenager once, and his mother nagged him to clean his room. The last thing he needs is for you to replace her. When you want him to do something, ask. You can remind him, but if he doesn’t want to do it, he won’t. Calmly let him know that you feel ignored when he doesn’t do what he says he will.
There is no use in repeatedly nagging. It will just make you angry, and him annoyed. If he isn’t listening or following through, there’s a deeper issue to deal with.
As women, we are talkers. Some of us talk more in an hour than our boyfriends do in a week. We just want to fill the silence.
Sometimes, it’s nice to sit in silence. It may seem awkward, but give it a shot. Enjoying silence together is really bonding. You can cuddle, read, or just sit in the same room. No one needs to talk, and you don’t need music or TV. Try to enjoy quiet time together. He may never ask for this for fear of offending you, but he will appreciate it. [Read: Ways to be a better listener in your relationship]
A man’s biggest accomplishment is making his girlfriend happy. You may not realize that your happiness has a huge effect on him. “Happy wife, happy life” is for real.
We’re not saying you should be overly positive. This only leads to toxic positivity. Everything isn’t perfect all the time. You’ll have bad days, but do try to see the silver lining. Try to see the best in bad situations when possible. If you’re stuck in traffic, have a karaoke session. If you lose internet service, play a board game.
When you can put a positive spin on minor inconveniences, you will add even more happiness to his life and your own.
Learning how to be a better girlfriend is about appreciating all that he does as a good boyfriend. You should expect loyalty and respect, but when he surprises you with your favorite dessert or buys you something small because he was thinking of you, make sure he knows how grateful you are. [Read: 25 ways to make your guy feel appreciated and cared for]
Neither of you is perfect. We may have all dreamed of Prince Charming, but he isn’t real. The perfect boyfriend isn’t perfect. He is the imperfect boy that you see perfectly.
We all make mistakes. He might leave the toilet seat up. He might suck at separating the laundry. Pick your battles. Doesn’t the good outweigh the bad?
He is your boyfriend. He probably has no interest in the awesome deal you got on those shoes or how Jenny said something to you about Nancy. Save the girl talk for the girls. He shouldn’t be everything to you anyway. Having friends to talk to about other stuff is so important.
It keeps your life balanced and prevents you from being codependent. Don’t you prefer to be left out of the boy talk? [Read: How to be independent when you’re in a relationship]
Everyone has a right to have dreams. If he has one, be supportive, even if you don’t know if it will work out. Make sure to find out who he is and what he wants to be.
There is always time to be an adult. Believe in him enough to know that he will find his way and be there to share in the celebration when he does.
Don’t get mixed in with his family drama, and don’t fight with his family members. Go to him if someone in his family bullies you, but don’t start anything. Being the best girlfriend means trying to fit in with his family, not making things harder.
You shouldn’t have to force it, but trying to keep the peace is enough.
Sometimes he just needs a hug. Don’t hang on him, but give him a hug. Rub his shoulders. Sometimes, some simple physical touch can make all the difference. [Read: 20 sweet and romantic things you can do for your boyfriend]
Text him sweet things throughout the day. Don’t bombard him, but let him know that you’re thinking of him. At the store? Snap a pic of a new snack you think he’d like. You can even be flirty and send him a photo of your outfit and say, “I love my outfit today, but I can’t wait for you to come home and take it off.”
He wants to know that you’re still into him. Little texts like this reignite the spark. [Read: Super-steamy sexting tips to turn a guy on instantly]
Be willing to try new things and attend to his sexual fantasies when you can. Being open and vulnerable is the best way to build a trusting and lasting relationship.
Talk about what you like and what he likes. Set boundaries and enjoy. It’s also an excellent way to find out what feels good for you. [Read: What men like and want in bed – 22 things they lust after]
This may sound confusing but bear with us. Be good and kind to yourself. You need to have confidence and know that you deserve the best before you can offer the best to him. In order to be a better girlfriend to him, you need to treat yourself just as well.
Take note of the things about you that drive him crazy *in a bad way*, and try to avoid them. You shouldn’t have to walk on eggshells around him, but try to make things easier. If he knows how angry you get when he leaves the gas tank empty, we hope he would try to stop that. Do the same for him.
If he hates it when you leave water on the counter after washing your face, try to be considerate of that. [Read: The power of words can make or break your relationship]
Let things go, and don’t hold grudges. We all get annoyed, but having a fight about something small isn’t worth it. It would be best if you didn’t hold it in, but don’t let little things become big things.
If you have a bad day, leave it behind. You should be able to vent to him, but keep your conversation on the subject. Don’t let your bad day be taken out on him.
Let him know you had a bad day and talk about it. Don’t just have a short temper. Yes, he is your boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean he should have to put up with misdirected anger. [Read: How to calm down when you’re angry]
It’s good for you to have your own hobbies, but try to get involved in some of the things he enjoys. If he’s a huge Star Wars fan, have a marathon with him. You don’t need to become obsessed, but letting him know you’re happy that he has these things in his life shows how much you care.
Let him know you want to be a better girlfriend. Ask him if there is anything you can do. Does he prefer a cuddle after a long day, or does he prefer being given some space?
Ask him if he likes it when you buy him gifts, or if he would prefer that you just spend some time together. This is the best way to be a better girlfriend.
[Read: 29 must-know relationship tips for women]
Learning how to be a better girlfriend is about treating your boyfriend as you’d treat yourself. Always take the high road, trust with all that you are, and never expect more of your boyfriend than you are willing to give yourself, and you will be as good as gold.
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