How to Say Cute Things to Your Boyfriend Without Trying Too Hard: Words To Build a Connection and Make Him Feel Special

Updated on December 20, 2017
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Focus On What He's Saying, Not What You're Saying

Some of us female types have a way with words, knowing innately how to communicate with our boyfriends in a cute, flirtatious way. The rest of us have to work at it. We want to say something funny and clever, but it comes out forced and phony. The good news is you can stop trying so hard!

Ask about his favorite subject: himself!
Ask about his favorite subject: himself! | Source

People Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

Guys don't need perfect words; they just need words that make them feel special. The esteemed writer, Maya Angelou, summed up relationships best when stating: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So let go of the anxiety. Speak from the heart and focus on how your words make him feel good and not on how they make you feel awkward.

Trying to think of cute things to say to your boyfriend should not stress you out. It shouldn't make dating a chore so you'd prefer staying at home on a Saturday night to shampoo your hair and hang out with your cats. Saying cute things to your boyfriend is about being a good listener and responding to his words. It's about building the bond between you that will lead to a deeper, more intimate relationship. It's about creating trust and acceptance. Leave the quick, witty repertoire for the screenwriters and just relax.

Most of all, do what so many of us fail to do – really listen! The social commentator, Fran Lebowitz, once famously quipped: “The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting (to talk).” That's especially true when we're dating. We're nervously formulating in our minds what witty thing to say next rather than listening to the guy. In his hugely popular work, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie's advice is simple and clear: Be a good listener and encourage others to talk about themselves. Direct your attention to them.

Maya Angelou's Quote Is Key When Talking With Your Boyfriend

When talking to a guy, focus on making him feel good and not making yourself seem smart, witty, or sophisticated.
When talking to a guy, focus on making him feel good and not making yourself seem smart, witty, or sophisticated. | Source

Words to Establish a Connection:

Ask questions:

The early stages of a relationship are about establishing a connection. If you're truly interested in the guy, ask questions – showing a sincere interest in his hobbies, job, family, and past. Of course, he doesn't want to feel like he's getting hammered on the witness stand or getting grilled at a job interview. Avoid questions about politics, religion, and sex. Keep it light and fun. Ask open-ended questions that need explanations, not simply yes or no responses. Here are some fun ones:

  • What was the best vacation you took with your family when you were a kid?

  • What are your pet peeves?

  • What is your most beloved possession?

  • What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?

  • What is your guilty pleasure?

  • What's the best concert you've ever attended?

  • What is your least favorite household chore?

  • What's your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

  • What celebrity would you most like to meet and why?

  • What's the best meal you've ever eaten?

Give compliments:

It's early so keep the compliments sincere but airy. Anything beyond that may seem like you're acting fake, trying to rush the relationship, or making hasty judgments. Many of us female types feel awkward giving guys compliments, especially on their appearance. We feel it's the guy's job to shower us with compliments. But get over yourself. Guys love to hear positive things about themselves and thrive all the attention. The more you compliment him, the easier it gets and the more natural it feels:

  • You look so handsome in... that shirt/suit/those jeans/shorts.

  • I love getting seen with you in public. You're so gorgeous.

  • You're such a great listener. Talking to you makes me feel so much better.

  • When you wrap your arms around me, I feel so safe and protected.

  • No matter how low I get, you always make me smile.

  • You have the best sense of humor.

  • You're so intelligent.

  • I love your... arms/smile/hair/hands/shoulders/legs.

  • I love spending time with you.

  • You make me so happy.

Words to Make Him Fall in Love With You

Once you know this is the right guy for you, it's time to turn up the heat. Your words should now show intimacy and a commitment to the future. Communicate in ways that prove how confident you feel in the relationship:

  • Whisper. As he walks by you, say something soft and sexy for his ears only such as: You're so freaking hot or I want you so badly.

  • Touch. Communicate with him in both verbal and non-verbal ways. Caress his upper arm when telling him about work. Hold his hand when you're walking to the store and chatting about the day. Gently pull his ear when you're asking for his advice about a problem you're having.

  • Disclose. Now that you've dated a while, it's safe to open up about your life and ask him to open up about his. Revealing things about yourselves creates closeness, builds intimacy, and develops trust. This is the time to talk about your childhood, your family, your dreams for the future, and your hopes for this relationship.

  • Ask questions. At this point, he should realize you sincerely care about him. You're not on a fact-finding mission, trying to trip him up, or judging him. Some provocative questions to ask at this point might include:

    What's your greatest fantasy?

    What's your biggest fear?

If you were Supreme Ruler of the planet, what would you do?

If tomorrow was the last day of your life, how would you spend it?

What turns you off the most?

Who's the person you most admire and why?

What is the weirdest relationship you've had?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

What is the best advice you've received?

If you were a Superhero, what would be your unique power?

You Can Say So Much Without Saying a Word

Holding his hand, stroking his hair, putting your arms around his waist -- men often appreciate gestures more than words.
Holding his hand, stroking his hair, putting your arms around his waist -- men often appreciate gestures more than words. | Source

Words to Make Him Feel Needed

Even though you're a strong and independent woman, it's okay to let your boyfriend know that you need him. Being vulnerable is not the same as being clingy. Give your boyfriend an opportunity to play the knight in shining armor to you damsel in distress every now and again (just don't make it a habit). When needed by you, he gets an instant boost to his ego and feels closer to you. Some of the best ways to make him feel needed involve asking for his help, advice, opinion, and protection:

  • I need to buy a new car but don't know much about the process. Can you come shopping with me?

  • I'm having problems with a co-worker who's hyper competitive. Can you give me your take on the situation?

  • I need to buy my dad a gift for his birthday. Any suggestions?

  • I want to move my bed and dresser to the other side of the room. Can you help me move them with your big, strong muscles?

  • Can you walk me home from the party? I'd feel so much safer.

Final Thoughts

So stop worrying about what cute things to say to your boyfriend. Focus on listening and directing your attention to him. Remember, dating is the time of discernment – when you're deciding whether this guy is a keeper or not. By asking questions and giving compliments, you're establishing a bond and building trust. If you make him feel good, he'll be drawn to you like a cat to catnip. Then you can make the call whether this a love for the ages.

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As an introvert, I'm always open to tips on how to communicate more effectively and effortlessly. Whether talking to a romantic partner, a boss, or a stranger, this guide gives practical advice on speaking with authority and ease. It teaches ways to promote a vigorous dialogue and to use tone of voice, body language, and eye contact to get your message across. Psychologists say our happiness increases significantly when we use the right words and feel we're getting heard. This guide helps accomplish just that!


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    • letstalkabouteduc profile image

      McKenna Meyers 2 years ago from Bend, OR

      Thanks for reading. We put so much pressure on ourselves to say the "right" thing when it's not necessary. Listening is really becoming a lost art.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      You give good advice. Sometime ladies can be so self-conscious, they forget that the man also needs attention. Contributing to his happiness increases the chances of his contribution to the woman's happiness. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.