What is considered manly? (14 things that are unquestionably manly)

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In a world where men have become more and more effeminate, today we look at 14 things that are considered manly and that as a man, you can apply to your own life.  

There is no doubt that the men of today are considered less manly than those of previous generations. When your dad was 30 years old, he probably had a family, considerable responsibilities, and could fix anything from a broken light to the engine of his car. He was likely a lot more manly than you are today. Sadly, most men of the same age today lack such responsibilities, and many play video games instead of working on their car or making things with their hands.

Of course, men of today are not completely to blame; the landscape now is different. Technology is one of the main reasons for this. Thankfully, advancements have made things more reliable(eg. your car) reducing the need for DIY skills. On a more negative note, technology has made us lazier. Men of the past played football or went hunting instead of staring at a glowing screen with a controller in hand or living asynchronously through a Netflix series. 

Here are 14 things that are considered manly…and that any man can learn.

01 Being able to fix things

Manly men typically amaze women with their ability to fix things around the house. Most women agree that there is nothing better than coming home after a long day at work and finding that their man has fixed the dryer, the light, or even fixed something on their car.Not only will learning to fix things impress your special someone, but it will also make you feel manlier and allow you to save some money. 

If you don’t consider yourself particularly ‘handy’, you don’t need to go crazy here. Start by learning to do basic maintenance around the house. Learn how to fix a leaky pipe rather than how to plumb an entire house. Find out how to change a flat tire rather than rebuild an entire engine. You get the idea. The best thing about today is that you don’t need someone to teach you basic DIY skills. There are countless tutorials on Youtube and informational articles on the web. 

02 Being a good dad

There is nothing more manly than being able to provide for your family and take care of them. Whether it’s taking the kids to school, cooking dinner, or making sure that they are happy and healthy, your relationship with your family will forever be one of the most important parts of your life. Being a good dad is such a manly trait in today’s society; it just makes you seem like an alpha male in women’s eyes and is admired by real men. 

03 Being physically fit

Being physically fit has always been a manly trait among men; however, being able to maintain your muscularity in your late 30s and 40s is becoming increasingly important in today’s society.

A man loves sport, like billiards or football, and keeping active.

Don’t get me wrong; you do need to strive to look like a Calvin Klein underwear model or a competitive bodybuilder. However, staying in shape at any age is a great way to show off your masculinity. 

04 Being able to maintain your cool under pressure

There is no better feeling than being able to maintain your cool under pressure. Whether it’s dealing with a difficult boss, being shouted at by your children, or when you are caught in an awkward situation, the best thing to do is to not panic. A manly man is in control of his emotions. He knows how to handle himself in all sorts of stressful situations that are inevitable. 

05 Being well-groomed

Look at some photos of men today. Many are disheveled with beards gone awry. Now, look at some photos of your grandfather if you have some. I’ll bet that he is well-presented. Real men take pride in their appearance and consider it being well-groomed as good manners. 

Whether it’s making sure to keep your hair cut and neat, brushing your teeth regularly, or trimming your beard, being well-groomed is an important part of being manly. This doesn’t have to be expensive; investing in basic grooming products and creating a routine can really help you feel more like a man, be more confident, and gain more respect from friends and colleagues. 

One of our favorite manly grooming tools is a safety razor. These razors give you the closest shave possible and are more environmentally friendly than most men’s disposable razors. On top of that, they are akin to what your grandfather probably used which instantly makes your morning routine a little more masculine. 

06 Being well dressed

Leading on from the previous point, while you never want to be too vain, you should always consider what you are wearing and how it makes you look. 

While this post will is not focused on style, if I could offer some advice it would be to slightly overdress instead of risking underdressing. This does not mean that you need to wear a suit 24/7 but it might do you well to consider a polo shirt over a tee-shirt or a pair of chinos instead of distressed jeans. 

A suit might be uncomfortable, but being put together will not only make you feel more confident but will also make people respect and trust you more. Dress with confidence knowing that manly men have always known how to dress appropriately and respectfully.

07 Being a good conversationalist

Whether it’s talking about politics, sports, or the weather, men should be able to talk to people and hold a conversation. 

To be a good conversationalist, it is most important to be a good listener. Most people are interested in speaking and simply listening to them and responding can make you seem like a great conversationalist. This is alluded to in principle number 4 of Dale Carnegie’s bestselling book How to Win Friends And Influence People. If you haven’t yet read it, we would recommend you do. 

Aside from listening, it’s also a good idea to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world. You don’t have to be an expert on everything but you should be able to hold a conversation on common topics and current affairs. Make it a habit to read the news daily. 

08 Being a good lover

While women complain of men being bad lovers all the time, men are born with the ability to please their significant other. Therefore, being able to satisfy her will not only make you feel like an alpha male in her eyes; but it will also help you maintain your confidence in yourself. 

09 Being unafraid to show vulnerability

Being able to show vulnerability is a way that you can have a connection with others, whether it’s friends, family, or colleagues.

While people may think that if a guy is vulnerable then he isn’t really masculine, this is not true at all. Most people resist showing their vulnerable feelings but real men know how to deal with different emotions and are able to express themselves. 

10 Being able to cook

Cooking is not just for women guys. It is one of those manly little things men enjoy doing. Sometimes, there is nothing better than gathering friends over a barbeque. 

Cooking is a primal activity that at one time was necessary for survival. Knowing a few little tricks can really help you bond with your alpha male self.

Not only this, if you are single, your cooking skills may be a great way to impress that special date. If you are spoken for, there is no doubt that your wife or girlfriend will appreciate you preparing a delicious meal. 

11 Having strong principles

While some might argue that principles go out the window when it comes to your own self-interest or the interest of those you love, they don’t understand what manliness truly means. It’s therefore important to have your own moral guidebook and stick to it. While not everyone will have the same principles as you, most people respect a man (or woman) that stands for what they believe in. 

12 Being able to defend yourself

While you don’t have to be an expert in martial arts, it is important to be able to defend yourself and your family when needed. 

Of course, this is not to say that we recommend initiating a fight. Rather, we suggest that you keep your cool and hone your communication skills to that you can talk your way out of almost any situation. However, in the rare case that this is impossible, men must know how to defend themselves.  

Even if you never need to use your self-defense skills (which we hope is the case), practicing martial arts is a great way to stay in shape and much more interesting than simply lifting weights. 

13 Being dependable

Dependability is a crucial quality not only in the workplace but also in staying as strong a husband and father as possible. To quote Michael Corleone from the Godfather series, “Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.” Manly men are careful, reliable, and follow through on their commitments. 

14 Having good manners

Manly men know how to treat others; this includes being on time, being polite, and respecting people’s personal space. Adjusting your attitude to become more respectful of others and their property will not only make you more manly but should help you gain more respect in general.

To summarize, while this list is by no means exhaustive, it should give you some insight on how to go about becoming a more manly man. Don’t worry if you are not all of the things yet; we are all a working progress. While it may take time, effort, and perhaps a little bit of money; it is definitely worth the rewards in the end, which include a greater sense of confidence and satisfaction.

Do you have any other things that are considered manly? Comment below!