10 Qualities That Make A Man Husband Material

If you’re currently single, there’s a chance you have a list of the important qualities you’re looking for in a man. Tall, dark, and handsome? Sure. But you know that in the grand scheme of things, physical hotness is pretty far down on the list of must-have traits your forever person should have. If you’re ready to settle down and find true love, here’s what will make him the perfect husband material.

  1. He’s trustworthy. It’s never a good feeling to doubt your dude. Honesty and trust are everything in a relationship. If he wants to hang out with his guy friends, you need to trust that he’s being truthful (and not actually out with his cute new coworker). Once you’ve established trust with each other, the rest of the relationship should just come naturally.
  2. He knows how to make you laugh. Even if he cracks up at “Dad jokes”, being able to laugh and let loose over anything is a truly important characteristic that your man should have. The best guy avoids childish pranks, and can see the humor in everyday situations. It’s especially great if he can lighten the mood during stressful moments. When things seem dire, a good laugh is often hard to find.
  3. He knows how to manage his finances. Obviously you shouldn’t marry for money, but it would be ridiculous to act like it doesn’t matter at all. Money is one of the number one things that couples fight about. You want a guy who isn’t afraid to spend on occasion but also knows that blowing his entire paycheck on video games is a bad idea. This guy knows that rent and utilities are a higher priority than fancy dinners and pricey new clothes.
  4. He’s a family man. Whether or not the two of you decide to have children or be child-free is completely up to you, but you’ll want a guy who at least knows how to act around kids. He also won’t turn his nose up whenever your mom calls, since he knows how important it is to stay connected to family.
  5. He’s got a sense of adventure. We all have weekends where we feel a little too attached to the couch, but in the grand scheme of things, your ideal guy won’t be afraid to go outside and have an adventure with you. He wants to experience as much as he can, and has no fear of exploring the unknown. This makes him husband material, hands down.
  6. He’s also ready to take on the title of “best friend.” When something good happens to you, you want to tell your best friend. If something terrible happens to you, your bestie is usually the first person you think of venting to. And if your bestie is your boyfriend, all the better. You need to be with someone you want to share your life with, both the good and the bad.
  7. He truly appreciates your quirks. Nobody’s perfect. Everyone has that one weird flaw that is hopefully cute and not terrifying. Your ideal guy will accept you just as you are, and won’t try to change you. In fact, maybe he was drawn to you based on that quirk.
  8. He isn’t social media nuts. You get what I mean. He doesn’t spend hours checking his Facebook feed and doesn’t craft events with you just for the Instagram photo. He likes spending time with you and realizes that not everything is a photo opportunity to share with the world.
  9. He’s got a Grand Plan for his life. It’s not too healthy to have everything planned by the year, but a guy who has a general rough draft of where he sees himself in a few years is a guy who doesn’t just coast through life. He’s thought ahead, and has visions of where he’d be happiest, as well as direction on how to get there.
  10. He inspires you to be a better person. This one is super important. You want to be with someone who makes you strive to be the best version of you that you can be. He’ll never outwardly say that you should change, but you’ll evolve naturally due to the fact that he believes in you. The best relationships help us mature into well-rounded, happy individuals.
Karen Belz is a New Jersey native who is currently living in Maryland. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication with a focus in Broadcasting and Print Media Studies from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Since graduating, she has written for sites like LittleThings, HelloGiggles, and Scary Mommy and is currently an e-commerce editor at Bustle.

When she's not writing, she enjoys making her phone run out of memory after taking too many photos of her dog. You can find her on Twitter @karenebelz or on Instagram @karenbelz.