5. He's honest. A truly honest man will tell you the truth and not just what you want to hear. An honest man will not use sleazy stories to make himself look good, but he will tell you exactly how he feels about something. Sure, brutal honesty can be offensive sometimes, but it's better to have a guy who tells you the truth than one who fills you with lies.
6. He's mature. Being mature means a man is able to take care of himself and approaches problems in a calm and collected manner. He understands the importance of being a man, is independent, and values what he has. A mature guy doesn't have to be rich, but needs to know how to handle his money. It's true that men mature later in life, but I'm sure you've met at least one guy who acts like he's in high school even though he's over 30. A mature man knows when it's time to grow up and be an adult.
More from YourTango: x
It's easy to tell if a guy is mature by the way he lives his life. Ideally, he should live by himself but some might still stay with a roommate. He should under no circumstances live with his parents. I've been living by myself since the age of 19 and laugh when I realize just how many of my friends (over 25) still live with their parents. Also, a mature man is able to carry himself in a respectable manner in a public setting and understands his adult role.
7. He's self-confident. A good man is confident in himself and who he is. This is an important characteristic because when a man is self-confident, he is less likely to change who he is, and he will stay true to himself. A man with self-confidence will not be deterred from what he believes to be true and will not be easily pressured into doing things that he does not believe in. Self-confidence makes a man happy and fun to be around because he will not be constantly questioning himself or others around him.
You will know if a man has self-confidence by how he sees himself, because he will have a distinctive set of goals that he has set for himself. He will believe that he is worthy of good things and he will set out to find them. This self-confidence will show through because he will not second-guess himself, and when he makes decisions he will be more likely to stick to them.
8. He has a positive attitude. A good man should have a positive attitude, which may be difficult to find since we live in such a negative society. With a positive attitude, people will want to be around him and to have fun around him. A good man will be happy with his life and the world around him, and he will want to look out for others and help them. Positive people are usually quite different from negative people, and they tend to smile and laugh more.
You will know if a man has a positive attitude by how he carries himself. He will be upbeat and look for the good in things and people. A negative person will always be complaining and seeing the bad side to everything, and after awhile they can be very hard to be around since they turn others around them into negative people. A positive man is always smiling and brightening up your day. He is a joy to be around and his happiness spreads to you — you just feel happier when you're around him.
Remember, you don't have to look for a man that has all of these qualities (although that would be ideal). But stick to the ones that are most important to you, and you'll find Mr. Right sooner than you think.
This is the sort of stuff I discuss on my blog and in the free eBook I give out. If you want to improve your love life, visit TheSingleWomanGuide.com, a place where the "conventional dating" mindset is thrown out the window in favor of more direct and fruitful methods of meeting, attracting, and keeping men.
More from YourTango: x