Let’s start with the most obvious and straightforward one, shall we?
Compliment the things you genuinely like about him, be honest with yourself and himself. If you tell him he dresses smartly, but secretly wish he would start wearing a different style of clothes, this can lead to a huge misunderstanding later.
Compliment his masculine features.
Every one of us needs an ego boost sometimes, especially when we feel low(or rather to prevent that from happening). Choose some masculine features that you know your partner holds in high regard and mention them sometimes about him. Don’t try to fool him though! Telling him how strong he is after he just moved the sofa is great, but just outright saying “you have huge biceps” can seem shallow.
This is all about him being him, or the two of you being a couple – it can be deep, personal, quirky, etc. But it must be about something that is really there. If he always knows just when you need some special dessert after a hard day that can be worth mentioning and complimenting too.
Compliment his choice of friends.
“Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are” is right, to a certain extent. Once you meet your partner’s friends it would go a long way if you later mention how interesting or cool some of them are and how well he fits in with the crowd. Most men are a part of one wolf pack or another, and most are proud of it.
Small things matter.
A compliment doesn;t need to be about something major or significant. In fact, a light small compliment can easily make someone’s day brighter and better, you don’t have to make a speech out of it. Just randomly stating that his new cologne smells good on him or that the shirt he put on for your date matches his eyes well will boost his morale and confidence level.
Notice the things he does for you.
Always express gratitude for and compliment the things your man does for you. People are different, and a lot of people have different baseline expectations for others. But when another person spends his time and money to do something for you, be it picking up something for you from the store, or fixing that sink that needed attention for weeks, it deserves praise.