2. Hold her when she’s crying.

I’m a crier. I cry, a lot. Movies, books, commercials, songs, people winning something, whatever. If there’s an emotional component involved, I’m going to need a box of Kleenex. I don’t expect my husband to comfort me when I’m losing it over a ten-year-old episode of Friends, but there are times when I really need him to intuitively understand when I’m craving the comfort of his arms around me.

Don’t be afraid to do the same for your girlfriend. She didn’t get the job she was dreaming of, she had a massive fight with her best friend, someone she loves is dying — go to her, pull her close, make yourself a safe space for her to fall to pieces. And definitely have tissues on standby.

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