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7 Ways to be a better girlfriend

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Let your boyfriend brag about you!

Want to be the kind of girlfriend your guy brags about? Here are some tips to keep the relationship on track and ensure that your man is happy that you're the one he's with!

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1. Trust

Men hate suspicious girlfriends. If you can't trust him, you're not with the right guy. Don't get caught up questioning where he has been or searching his phone. Put your faith in what you have together and he'll be more likely to live up to your expectations.

2. Keep your focus

Don't make the relationship your only focus. You have a life of your own apart from your relationship. It's what made you interesting to him in the first place.

3. Be honest

If he asks you what's wrong, tell him. Let him know what you think and what you need. Don't make him guess what is wrong if there's a problem.

4. Be attentive

There's a big difference between being attentive and just being clingy when you're out together. You shouldn't need to prove to the world that you're together -- it makes you seem needy. And never flirt with his friends under any circumstances.

5. No nagging

Don't argue or hassle all the time. Nagging will just make your man tune out and besides, it's a waste of time for both of you.

6. Respect his space

Guys don't always want to talk about their feelings or be your constant companion 24/7. Pressuring him into being together all of the time or discussing his problems will only push him away. Be patient and he'll be the one to initiate more time together and more intimate conversations. Take it slow and allow the relationship to develop naturally.

7. Don't try to change him

Don't be with someone that you want to change. Your man likes himself for who he is and expects that you do, too, if you want to be with him. If you don't like the way he dresses, what he says or his occupation, he's probably not the one for you. He accepts you for who you are, and you have to be willing to do the same for him.

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