50 Ways To Be A Good Boyfriend And Support Your Partner

The ultimate cheatsheet to help you become a loving, caring and supportive boyfriend.

Reviewed by Kuunjal Paal, Relationship Coach Kuunjal Paal Kuunjal PaalRelationship Coach facebook_icontwitter_iconlinkedin_iconyoutube_iconinsta_icon
Written by , MA (English Literature), Certified Relationship Coach Shivani Chandel MA (English Literature), Certified Relationship Coach Experience: 4 years
Edited by , MA (English) Subhrojyoti Mukherjee MA (English) Experience: 4 years
Fact-checked by , Integrated MA, Certified Relationship Coach Sneha Tete Integrated MA, Certified Relationship Coach linkedin_icon Experience: 4 years

Relationships need love, understanding, commitment, vulnerability, and patience to thrive. If only there were a manual to tell you how to be a good boyfriend – what you should say and do to let your partner know how much you love, support, and appreciate them.

While there may not be a complete guide, here are some ways you could be a supportive boyfriend to your partner. Scroll down to know more.

50 Tips To Be A Good Boyfriend

Whether you live with each other or are in a long-distance relationship, these 50 tips might come in handy to be a good boyfriend to your partner.

Tip #1

As a good boyfriend, give them your time and attention as this sets the tone for a healthy relationship where both partners value each other.

Tip #2:

Being a great boyfriend means making your partner feel valued every day through the small things you do and the little adjustments you make so that they are more comfortable around you.

Tip #3:

Show them that you are proud of them for every little thing that they do! The key to being a great boyfriend is celebrating all their milestones – whether getting promoted at work, making the perfect omelet, or just getting through a hard day!

Tip #4:

Make them a part of your life. A good boyfriend tip is to put in the effort to make your partner a big part of your life. However difficult that is, do not shy away from it.

Tip #5:

You cannot be a good boyfriend if your partner knows nothing about who you are as a person. Have conversations with them about both the mundane and the deeper aspects of life.

Tip #6:

Do not just stop talking about your life. Being the best boyfriend means knowing everything about your partner’s fears, fascinations, fantasies, and guilty pleasures as well!

Tip #7:

Tobe a better boyfriend, you need to start showing interest in your partner’s professional life. But, do not overstep your boundaries and give them advice if they do not ask for it or belittle their goals even if they seem small to you.

Tip #8:

Encourage your partner towards achieving these goals. Whether making their first Tiktok video, starting a blog, becoming a neurosurgeon, or simply passing an exam, you just need to show up for them and motivate them to achieve their goals.

protip_icon Trivia
It is important to reiterate the importance of small wins. Celebrate your girl’s tiny accomplishments either with a handmade gift, a sweet celebratory note, or maybe even a night out.

Tip #9:

Show up for their special days. Graduations, store openings, birthdays, or office parties – if they ask you to be there, show up. It is very important in a relationship to let the other person know that their achievements mean something to you!

Tip #10:

Do not restrict your presence to only the good days. Stand by them when they are stressed out and hold them if they need to cry it out. Do not ignore their calls and texts when you know that they might need you!

Tip #11:

They need to hear they are gorgeous, and they need to hear it the most from you – their good boyfriend. Tell them how their outfit looks fabulous or how their haircut looks amazing. Let them know that you notice!

Tip #12:

Do not only compliment them about their appearance. Tell them what you love about them as a person – their kind nature, calm persona, and energetic attitude. Let them know that you see beyond their physical beauty!

Tip #13:

Your partner is a human being who has their own flaws. Being a good boyfriend means you have to come to terms with their imperfections and grow to love them!

Tip #13:

Make an effort to find out what they are interested in. It is not difficult to find things you enjoy together but to do that, you must learn what they like and find common interests.

Tip #14:

Be open to doing things that they love. If you do not have something in common, there is no harm in trying new things with your partner. It also opens the door to get them to try something you like!

Tip #15:

Before you have sex with them, figure out what they like and especially what they do not like. If you have a disconnect in terms of your needs, you can have a conversation and try to find a way to navigate the situation.

Tip #16:

Try to prioritize their pleasure. You cannot be selfish in bed. Ask them what makes them feel good and follow through with them. Remember, their pleasure is as important as yours!

Tip #17:

Communicate your needs to them. Tell them what you like and what you do not. The key is having a mature conversation. After all, there’s no harm in experimenting!

Tip #18:

Be kind on the bad days. Give them a tight hug. Let them cry on your shoulder. Allow them to vent. Get them a warm beverage. Cuddle and watch a movie. Be there.

Tip #19:

Ask them for support when you are having a bad day. Do not take out your frustration on them. Let them help you just like you help them!

protip_icon Did you know?
The more supportive you and your partner are of each other, the more resilient you both become. This makes it easier to take on life’s challenges and even strengthens the relationship.

Tip #20:

Show them you are thinking about them. Send them a hilarious meme or a cute GIF. Being a good boyfriend is that fun!

Tips on how to be a good boyfriend 1
Image: Shutterstock

Tip #21:

Do not hold back the hugs. You know they love those, and so do you. Give them a full-blown squish and let that love flow freely between the two of you!

Tip #22:

Do not take them for granted. Treat them the same way that you did when you first fell in love with them.

Tip #23:

Your partner will love a delicious homemade meal after a hard day’s work. Takeout is good, but good food made with love is irreplaceable.

Tip #24:

As an adult, you need to take care of your living space. Keep your space clean, pick up after yourself, and be hygienic.

Tip #25:

Pay attention to the little things they say. Make mental notes or write them down on your Notes app. But, do not forget them!

Tip #26:

Do those little things they like for them. If you want to make them feel special like a good boyfriend does, this is the key. Do not lose it!

Tip #27:

Do not be mean to them during a fight. Always remember – it is the problem versus the two of you, not you two against each other.

Tip #28:

If you are really angry during an argument, take time out to calm down. Do not say something you will regret later.

Tip #29:

If you have made a mistake, apologize for it. It does not make you a smaller person. It makes you a better boyfriend.

Tip #30:

If something about them bothers you, talk to them about it. Do not let the frustration build up and explode at an unfortunate time.

Tip #31:

Listen to them when they say something that annoys them. Do not argue and try to justify your behavior. Listen and make mental notes!

Tip #32:

Do not repeat behavior that they have told annoys or aggravates them. Do not push them to a breaking point by doing the same thing again and again.

Tip #33:

Do not depend on them to do the work for you – whether it is physical or emotional. They do not have all the solutions, and sometimes, you need to help them figure things out as well.

Tip #34:

Be proactive around the house and your relationship. Take initiative – whether it is about changing the light bulb or planning a trip together.

Tip #35:

Figure out what their love language is and show your love and affection to them accordingly.

Tip #36:

Take breaks together. Be a good boyfriend and plan dates and trips for the two of you where you can just be yourself away from the stress of regular life!

Tip #37:

Introduce them to your friends and family and take the next step in your relationship.

Tip #38:

Meet their friends and family and try to get along with them. Do not try too hard, though. They will love you the way you are!

Tip #39:

When you talk about the future, include them in it. Being a good boyfriend means you see them as a part of your life in the long run!

Tip #40:

Do not be aloof or nonchalant around them. Be available, kind, and supportive!

Tips on how to be a good boyfriend 2
Image: Shutterstock

Tip #41:

If something has changed for you in the relationship, talk to them. Look for ways to solve the issue before doing something drastic. Consider therapy if you need it.

Tip #42:

Do not lie or hide things from them.

Tip #43:

Respect them both as your partner and as a human being. Value their opinions and preferences.

Tip #44:

Do not talk about your exes. The past is in the past. The future only looks bright with your partner!

Tip #45:

Do not try to improve them unless they explicitly ask for your help. Otherwise, you may make them feel small.

Tip #46:

A sign of being a good boyfriend is treating your partner as your equal in every aspect of your life. Do not ever impose traditional gender roles and expectations on them!

Tip #47:

One of the best ways to be a better boyfriend to build a safe space for your partner where they can feel comfortable being themselves with all their imperfections and weirdness.

Tip #48:

Have a life outside of your relationship. Encourage them to do the same. A healthy social life outside your relationship often facilitates a healthy relationship.

Tip #49:

If you expect them to make an effort for you, return the favor. Take care of yourself – both your physical and mental health!

Tip #50:

Thank them. Tell them you love them. Kiss them. Be extra.

Making someone you love happy should be your top priority, but converting this intention into action is tricky. You often wonder what you can do to be a good boyfriend and make your partner jump with joy or cry tears of happiness. Trust us when we say it is not as difficult as it sounds, and you can make them happy through little yet thoughtful gestures. For instance, it helps to show genuine interest in their life, know them inside and out, and understand their fears, fascinations, and fantasies.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be the perfect boyfriend for my girlfriend?

A good boyfriend is one who supports and appreciates his girlfriend. You must love her and should be open with her. Stick with her through thick and thin. You should listen to your partner and be there for them. But, you should also know when to give her space.

What does every girl need from her boyfriend?

A girl wants a boyfriend whom she can trust and who does not lie to her. Someone who loves her and is not afraid to open up and be vulnerable. He should listen to her, give her advice when needed, and know when to give her some space. She needs a man who can appreciate her, be supportive, and celebrate her accomplishments.

How do I handle conflict in my relationship?

Conflicts are natural in a relationship, but may turn ugly if not handled maturely. When in a conflict with your girlfriend, first, aim to decelerate the intensity. Act as a calming agent and take some time away from each other to cool off. Once more clear-headed, communicate your thoughts directly and openly, and lend an ear to her problems as well. Instead of blaming each other, opt for a neutral view of the situation, take responsibility, and be ready to negotiate. This will help you separate the people from the problems. Understand that it is you two against the conflict and not against each other. Work together to completely resolve the conflict, and move ahead without any misunderstandings.

Key Takeaways

  • Give your partner time and attention to make your bond stronger.
  • Maintain transparency and communicate freely to enhance your relationship.
  • Pay attention to your partner’s professional and personal life without crossing the boundaries.

Being a good boyfriend involves being faithful, open communication, and genuine support. Check the video below for more tips to become a loving and caring partner and remain in her heart forever.
Was this article helpful?
Kuunjal Paal

Kuunjal PaalRelationship Coach

Kuunjal Paal is a relationship coach with over four years of experience. Her passion for positively impacting lives led her to earn the prestigious ICF Certification. Through her venture 'Win at Relationships,' she provides coaching services aimed at fostering strong connections in both personal and professional spheres. She specializes in personal relationships (marriage, dating, grief, divorce) and professional relationships (leadership...read full bio

Latest Articles