Editor's Note: This feature was written by a broob (bro with boobs) because we feel a woman's POV is important for us to truly know the likes (and dislikes) of the opposite sex and what makes them swoon.
Men get a lot of flak from women. We’ve ranted and raved about you recalling every sports stat yet forgetting our anniversary, about that time you went three days without taking a shower, about how one jerk cheating on his girlfriend means that all mankind is screwing over all womankind.
But for everything we say we can’t stand about you, there are a million things we absolutely adore about you! And it’s not just the gentlemanly deeds like holding doors open for us or carrying the huge-ass bags we always seem to be lugging around that we appreciate. There are things we love about you that you probably aren’t even aware of.
Here, we list down 15 of these things. Hopefully, you’ll do more of them and make your girlfriend very happy. And you know that when the girlfriend’s happy, the world is a much better place to live in.
WHEN YOU GET NERVOUS WHEN YOU FIRST ASK US OUT
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Despite our periodic bouts of insecurity about our weight, work, and whatnot, you, dear sir, saw something awesome in us. Something so awesome, in fact, that it would take all your courage just to invite this goddess on Earth to dinner and drinks. You have no idea how adorable this is for a girl.
WHEN YOU DRESS UP
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You don’t do it often enough, but when you pick us up in a sharp suit looking very much like Dingdong Dantes awaiting Marian Rivera at the altar, you take our breath away. In fact, let’s just skip this fancy shmancy event we’re supposed to be hitting. Let’s go to your place. NOW.
WHEN YOU SAY WE LOOK HOT
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We don’t always feel like Beyoncé—scratch that, we rarely feel like Beyoncé. So to be assured that our man thinks we’re the Queen B to their Jay-Z in the “Drunk in Love” vid—even if we feel more like a beached whale than a beachside sex machine—will do wonders for our confidence.
WHEN YOU SHOW SOME SWEET PDA
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We know your parents didn’t raise their strapping young men to be the touchy-feely sort who cries at sunsets, so when you kiss us in front of your friends or change your profile picture to a couple shot of us—complete with a heart emoji—it makes us rage with kilig inside.
WHEN YOU WATCH A CHICK FLICK WITH US—AND ACTUALLY ENJOY IT
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While you’d rather watch car chases and explosions, you agree to sit through That Thing Called Tadhana and walk out of the theater gushing about more than just the “cinematography” and the “story.” It reminds us that there’s actually a mushy old heart beating underneath that beer belly those rippling pecs.
WHEN YOU DO HOUSEWORK
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When we see you cooking, doing the laundry, or scrubbing away at floor tiles that have become as dark as sin, we know we can count on you to not dump all the chores on us once we’re living together. Plus, there’s just something irresistible about a guy who can work the kitchen. We’ll be giving our compliments to the chef for sure. *wink, wink*
WHEN YOU TRY TO FIX THINGS FOR US
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Men are natural problem-solvers, and while you sure as hell can’t fix our beef with our boss, we love how you always offer solutions to problems you can help with: gadget woes, car conundrums, a bit of wear and tear around the house. (Or at the very least, take us to Greenhills so we can have that problem sorted.)
WHEN YOU GOOF AROUND WITH YOUR BROS
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Seeing you engage in harmless kulitan with your buddies—dick and fart jokes and all—is like getting a peek into your life before you met us. And here, we realize that we like what we see. (We find the dick and fart jokes funny, too, TBH.)
WHEN YOU SHAKE EACH OTHERS’ HANDS BY WAY OF GREETING
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It’s a mystery to us how men can be so cool and easygoing upon meeting other men, whether new friends or old acquaintances. If it were us, we’d squeal out a shrill greeting with matching beso, and then once that’s out of the way, discreetly give the friend the once-over and wonder if her outfit was better than ours.
WHEN YOU DON'T CHECK OUT OTHER GIRLS WHILE YOU’RE WITH US
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Men are hardwired to stare at hot chicks. It’s, like, science. So when we see you about to have an aneurysm just trying not to ogle that tall glass of water with her ass hanging out, we can at least remind ourselves that you’re putting in superhuman effort to defy science just for us, and take comfort in that.
WHEN YOU LET US RANT
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You let us yak your ear off on the drive home from work, even though you couldn’t care less about that annoying coworker who seems to get on our nerves each day. And you always take our side, even though, deep inside, you think the coworker isn’t that bad. (Just don’t ever say that to our face.)
WHEN YOU KEEP CALM DURING OUR MELTDOWNS
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We can’t help being emotional. Blame it on our hormones. So we totally appreciate it when you act as a steady rock for us, comforting us and trying to make us laugh through our little melodramas. We may not laugh now, might even lash out at you (sorry), but once we’ve calmed down, we’ll be putty in your hands again. Promise.
WHEN YOU ACT PROTECTIVE OF US
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While we’d like to think that we can fend for ourselves, hearing you say things like “Upakan ko ‘yang gagong ‘yan eh ! ” when some disgusting creep tries to hit on us is kind of sweet. How can we not love someone who threatens to go all Liam Neeson on anyone who so much as lays a finger on us?
WHEN YOU'RE SWEET TO YOUR MOM
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Freudian implications notwithstanding, how you treat your mom speaks volumes of how you’re going to treat us once we’re that age. If we see you picking her up from her prayer group meeting every week and ending phone calls with “I love you,” we basically know you’re going to be a sweetheart for life.
WHEN YOU BOND WITH KIDS
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Nothing—NOTHING—will make ovaries explode faster than this sight. As you innocently run around with toddlers or coo at a baby cradled in your arms, you can bet that we’ve already named our first child and picked out a color for the nursery in our heads. Swoon.