"These two words mean everything. I have buddies who complain that their wives nag them for what they don't do, and I always think about how much more effective it would be if those women would appreciate the things their husbands do do. When I hear 'Thank you,' even for something little like taking the trash out, I always remember to do it again." - Kevin, 30
"Our child loves you so much."
"My wife recently said that our 3-year-old's eyes light up when I come home, and it totally made my day. I know my daughter loves me, but she really loves her mommy, and sometimes I sort of wonder how well I'm doing at the whole parenting thing. Hearing about the bond she sees between my daughter and me made me realize I was doing okay after all." - Charles, 43
"My fiancée has an amazing memory, and I'm always stunned by the stuff she comes up with. She'll reference what I was wearing on a date from three years ago, random details of my childhood, and moments we've had together. It shows me that she's really paying attention to me, and being reminded of our greatest hits always makes me feel so lucky we're getting married." - Jon, 34
"You look nice today."
"When she says this, especially on a random weekday morning, it reminds me that she still finds me attractive after all our years together." - Jeff, 38
"Let's get married!"
"Ever since my wife and I got together in college, we'd jokingly say this phrase. Of course, it got less jokey over time, and we did ultimately tie the knot. Now, having been married almost five years, this sentence still makes me smile because she always sounds so excited when she says it, like she'd walk down the aisle with me all over again." - Evan, 29
"Dinner's on me tonight."
"My wife and I have a joint bank account, but we also maintain separate ones, and occasionally treating each other keeps the romance alive. We definitely think of everything we make as our money, but it makes me feel like she's taking care of me when she takes out her card." - Don, 40
"I'm so glad we're doing this together."
"My wife tends to say this at the moment when the shit is literally hitting the fan, like when the car breaks down or one of our kids is throwing up all over the place. It's definitely going through the hard stuff that makes a marriage meaningful, and whenever she says this, I'm reminded of what a good team we can be." - Charlie, 40
"This is what I want."
"Even after 10 years together, I can't read my wife's mind, which is why I love when she says, 'I would like the Homeland season two DVD, a gift certificate to Sephora, and dinner at the Italian place in town for my birthday, please.' I'll add a surprise or two, but I like knowing that she's going to be happy." - Jon, 35
"My coworker is so jealous of the awesome steak you made last week."
"Knowing other women-even if they are the 60-something women my wife works with-are jealous that she's with me stokes my ego like nothing else. They may be talking about my top-secret marinade recipe, but it also lets me know that my wife is thinking of, and bragging, about me in the office." - Bill, 34
"I miss you."
"When my wife texts me this-even if it's just when we're both at work-I'm reminded that she doesn't take me for granted." - Peter, 35