Stand Out From the Crowd: Mind Your Manners

Some guys believe the adage that nice guys don't get the girl or the goods. From a woman's perspective, that's bull. A guy who's intent on being a challenge might make it into a woman's heart temporarily, but in the long run, she wants respect and consideration.

Be Polite

A woman wants to be treated like she's special. She likes hearing "thank you" after a nice date. She appreciates when you help her clean up the dishes after she fixes you a home-cooked meal. Let her order first in a restaurant. And beyond your interactions with her, she'll notice if you say "please" and "thank you" to restaurant staff and other service people. You'll show her that you're not a self-centered jerk who ignores the feelings of strangers or your girl.

Show Consideration

A gentleman visiting from Europe pointed out that American women allow American men to treat them with a lack of respect. Guys, women really don't mind - and do appreciate - if you open their car door when you're going on a date. Another biggie is holding open the door to the restaurant, even if you're only going for pizza or burgers. A few little moves like these go a long way in earning you points as long-term dating material.

Give Her Attention

She likes to know you value her as a person, not just seeing her as someone to have fun with for a little while. Listen to her with interest, making eye contact to show her you care about what she's saying. Ask her for her opinion, and share yours. Let her choose the movie, but tell her if you strongly disagree. Show her you respect her by being considerate and honest.

Using these not-always-so-common courtesies will encourage your sweetheart to stick around long enough to appreciate your unique qualities. If you listen to your buddies who say that nice guys finish last, you could end up lonely and hanging out with your bad-boy friends much more than you'd like.

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