10 Subtle Ways Guys Show You They Care, According To A Guy

We guys don’t always find the right way to tell you that we care about you. We’re also not always keen on public displays of affection or grand declarations of our love, but if you pay close attention, we’ll find different ways to express our feelings. Here are some of the more subtle ways a guy shows you that he cares.

  1. He introduces you to his friends and family. Introducing a woman to our family or our close friends isn’t something a lot of guys take lightly. We see it as a way of creating expectations for the relationship, which we tend to avoid if we can. That means if a guy is the one who brings up introducing you to his family and friends, it’s a sign that he cares about you and is planning on sticking around for the long haul.
  2. You can tell he’s listening. Another thing you may have noticed about us guys is that we’re not great listeners. To be fair, we can listen when we want to. If you can tell that a guy listens to you when you talk, that’s the conversational equivalent to making out on a park bench. Any guy who makes a concerted effort to listen is really digging you.
  3. He sends you goodnight or good morning texts. He may not say “I love you,” but if he frequently texts you goodnight and good morning, that’s a great sign. It means that he’s thinking about you right before he goes to bed and as soon as he wakes up in the morning. During the early stages of a relationship, it doesn’t get more affectionate than that.
  4. You actually like the gifts he gives you. This kind of relates back a guy actually listening to you. If a guy gets you a great present, he was either paying attention when you mentioned something you wanted or he listened well enough to genuinely understand your likes and dislikes. Either way, that’s love, whether he can say the words or not.
  5. He runs errands with you or for you. If a guy doesn’t mind tagging along when you run errands, it means he’s eager to spend time with you and doesn’t care if the activity is super boring. If he’s willing to run your errands for you, it probably means he wants to go out of his way to do something nice. In both cases, it indicates that he has strong feelings for you.
  6. He tries to fix things. If a guy volunteers to fix an appliance or a gadget that isn’t working right, it’s a clear sign that he’s trying to make you happy. Of course, if he’s not a professional handyman, he may not have the skills to fix it. But if he wants to help you without you having to ask, it means he cares about your day-to-day life being a little bit better, which is definitely a sign of love.
  7. He cooks for you. I’ve heard of women cooking for a guy to try to impress him, especially early in the relationship. Men will sometimes cook for a woman either as a way to woo her or as a show of love once they’ve fallen for her. At first, you may be a little suspicious if a guy wants to cook for you out of the blue. However, believe me when I tell you that he’s probably doing it because he cares.
  8. He’ll sacrifice something. Come on, love and making sacrifices are practically two sides of the same coin. If a guy sacrifices something on your behalf, you have to be able to see that it’s a declaration of love. If your boyfriend chooses to spend time with you over a night out with his friends or a weekend getaway, you should be flattered.
  9. He’s always looking at you. I’ll admit that when it comes to a guy looking at you, there’s a fine line between caring and creepy. But I promise you that more times than not when a guy has his eyes fixated on you it’s a sign of love and affection. Unless he’s a genuine serial killer, he wouldn’t keep looking at you if he wasn’t completely head over heels for you.
  10. He remembers the little things. Guys are never going to remember little details about a girl unless they genuinely care about her. If you’re with a guy who remembers your birthday, your favorite foods, your likes and dislikes, and specific details about the time you’ve spent together, it means he has strong feelings for you whether he can verbally admit to them or not.
Bryan Zarpentine graduated from Syracuse University and lives in upstate New York, where he writes largely about the world of sports. His work has appeared on Franchise Sports and WSN, among others. You can find him on Twitter @BZarp.