18 Signs You Have a Good Boyfriend and How to Keep Him

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Life’s journey becomes more exciting, fun, and fulfilling when you’ve finally found the right one. For most girls, everything in life seems better when they can finally share it with someone they love: their prince charming, their knight in shining armor, the ideal boyfriend.  However, as a girl in love, have you ever wondered what really separates an average boyfriend from a good one?

Every girl has their own ideas of what makes an ideal partner but as you read through this article, you will begin to discover the signs to look for in order to know if your significant other fits your perfect definition of a ‘good boyfriend’. Here they are.

1. He does not fail to text or call you back.
A great boyfriend stays in touch with you all the time and he keeps you updated about his life. A simple “good morning” and “good night” or even just a regular reminder to make sure you never miss your meals also shows that he always thinks about you.

2. He appreciates who you are.
Every girl is unique and wonderful in their own way. A good boyfriend will accept and appreciate you for what you are no matter how crazy or stupid you look and act when you’re with him.

3. He stands by you.
A good boyfriend is someone who will always be there for you, may it be in success, failure, in times of laughter or tears. He may not agree with your every decision but he supports the choices you make.

4. He gives you space.
He may want to spend all his time with you but at the same time, he will also give you reasonable space to pursue whatever you want to do in life that will make you grow personally and professionally.

5. He gets along with your family and friends.
If he is willing to make an effort to get along with the people you like, then that’s a good sign. It’s special when he comfortably fits in with your family and friends without feeling shy and awkward.

6. He keeps all his promises.
Although some issues about broken promises shouldn’t really be something to be worried about, it can be extremely annoying when your boyfriend swears to do something, yet never gets around doing it.

A good life companion should stay true to his promises and as an ideal boyfriend, he should be man enough to keep and commit to them.

7. He makes time for you.
According to a famous line, there’s a big difference between someone who talks to you during his free time and someone who frees his time just to talk to you. A good boyfriend will always do anything in his power to find time for you, no matter how hectic his schedule is for the sole reason of wanting to be with you.

8. He encourages you to do your best.
You know you’re in a good relationship when both of you bring out the best in each other. A good boyfriend is someone who will encourage you in all your endeavors and will support you when things go wrong. You work together as partners, and it feels as though everything is possible as long as you’re together.

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9. He is passionate about his own dreams.
A great boyfriend is someone who has goals in life and works towards achieving them. He won’t be a guy who sits around at home complaining about his misfortunes. Instead, he should be that guy who is passionate about his dreams, aspirations, and will want to be the best, for himself and for his girl.

10. He doesn’t force his opinions on you.
He won’t pressure you to do things that you don’t want to. He may give you some advice and may try to express an alternative opinion, but he would never manipulate or pressure you into doing something that you’re not comfortable with.

11. He respects you as a person and as a partner.
A good boyfriend is someone who never speaks ill of you in front of his friends. Regardless of the difference in your perspectives in life, he respects your opposing opinion and genuinely supports your decisions.

12. He listens.
It doesn’t matter if you just do all the talking. A good boyfriend will always have the patience and of course, the sincerity to listen to your stories no matter how simple or sometimes boring they are.

13. He makes you laugh.
It is important to have someone that can lighten up your mood by making you laugh. If he makes an effort just to make you smile and laugh even with the silliest jokes, then you know he’s a keeper.

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14. He supports you.
Having a supportive boyfriend is the best feeling when you’re in a relationship. A good boyfriend is someone who provides you with the strongest support system. He makes you feel good when you feel nervous and comforts you when you’re in pain. He will always be there for you when it matters the most.

15. You make plans together.
No matter how busy you both are, you will still find time to make plans together. Whether it is as simple as scheduling a nice romantic dinner or as serious as planning a future together, you include each other in every detail, every step of the way.

16. He trusts you.
Jealousy is the top killer in every relationship, so it’s important that you know you can trust him and that he feels the same way, too.

17. He makes you feel loved.
A good boyfriend never ceases to show his love to you every moment of every day. It doesn’t matter if you’re together or apart, he’ll go out of his way to make you feel special through romantic expressions and affectionate gestures.

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18. He values honesty.
Rejoicing with the truth is the foundation of a long-lasting relationship. A great boyfriend won’t tell you lies just to save you from an unnecessary misunderstanding. Instead, he will prove to you that he is trustworthy by being truthful and honest about everything that concerns your relationship.

If you think that your boyfriend has these qualities, then he’s truly a keeper. If you want to do your part, learn to be a genuine and caring partner by creating open communication, providing physical and emotional intimacy, and establishing healthy boundaries.

Photo by Sean Stratton

Marydel Mitch Flores
Mitch is a writer and photographer. She also does screenwriting for independent film producers and joins various film competitions. Mitch believes that “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
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Benjamin Guitard-Maraj
Benjamin Guitard-Maraj
October 4, 2019 3:55 am

The title is very misleading and the article doesn’t say anything about how to keep him.

Yuumi Alistar
Yuumi Alistar
Reply to  Benjamin Guitard-Maraj
August 19, 2021 11:25 pm

I agree! How dare. Affront.