Show us the lay of the dating land, and most women can point out its bad apples. While those bad boys are a dime a dozen, we tend to spend our time (ethically) hunting for endangered species: the girlfriend guy.
This dude is a generous, hopeless romantic whose actions speak volumes about his true intentions. He's Preston Burke, a heartfelt man who is sure of what he wants and the woman he wants to share it all with.
He's that sweet, charming, good guy we've spotted on our daily commute, become great friends with and if we're lucky, bagged like groceries.
There's one in every circle, but in case you find it hard to spot, here are all the signs affirming he's the guy who's never afraid to put a title on it.
1. He has a serial list of exes.
His closet isn't riddled with THOT-like skeletons. Instead, women of his past are often respectable -- albeit emotionally damaged -- hotties who just weren't ready for heavy commitment. Does he brag about them? Treat them like fly-by-night conquests? Nope. He simply sees them as bread crumbs along a road to his one true love.
2. He's looking for love, according to his Tinder app bio.
Make no mistake about it: He's not just talking about his #relationshipgoals, he's putting his words into action by actively swiping for love. And though it's never easy with online dating, he's making a genuine effort to find "The One."
3. His dates are thoughtful.
Never worry about a boring time with this dude. He spends ample time learning your personal swag then mapping out an unforgettable date, whether it's hiking a mountain you've yet to conquer or dining at a new spot you've been eyeing all month.
And don't count him out when it comes to new things. He's down for whatever pleases you and may even introduce you to life-altering moments.
4. He's the most non-annoying people-pleaser.
By nature, he likes making people happy. He'd rather make a girl smile than start a pointless argument while she's PMS'ing. That willingness to bring peace to others extends to all souls around him.
5. He's a bit of a mama's boy.
Don't wig out. He's not your typical mouth-to-tit dude who can't function without mommy's approval. He simply praises her VIP status, acknowledging her superpowers, which in turn enhances his respect for all women in his world. It's actually a win for any girl who gets this guy.
6. His attention to detail is sweet (and orgasm-inducing).
He knows your favorite color is myrtle green since it's a gem shade in a ring you always wear. What's more, he recalled that one random time in college you mentioned how bad you wanted you to drive cross country before 30, so he planned an epic road trip. Swoon!
7. He flirts... respectively.
He has the uncanny ability to work a room and make a woman feel like she's the only girl in it. Effortlessly, he radiates confident charm and makes advances solely with the one who catches his eye, not a gaggle of grinning groupies.
8. He never considers a "break."
Breaks only create space and opportunity for cheating and break-ups.
Like a softy ripped from Judd Apatow flicks, he's more willing to communicate and work through problems than put his relationship on ice to kick it with some new chick. This guy isn't one to shy away from commitment for some frivolous reason, but rather flex his boyfriend muscles to conquer love.
9. He's an open book with his feels.
He doesn't even like to guess which character will survive another season of "Game of Thrones," so he'll definitely pull zero punches with his own emotions. You'll never have to be a mindreader or wonder whether he's upset with you. His communication levels are so on fleek, he never leaves a break-up to chance.
10. He handles kids with future father-like accuracy.
Ever catch him with his younger relatives or witness his randomly playful banter with a baby? That's his kind heart and youthful innocence showing. And who wouldn't wife a guy like that?
11. He likes stability.
Don't look at this guy to be a starving artist type or a rager whose nightly activities are a toss-up. Blackout parties are a very rare occasion.
Whether a straight-laced or artsy creative, he enjoys structure and routine, because he knows with it comes balance and peace of mind. Oftentimes, he's the guy paying his bills on time, receiving promotions at work and planning for family.
12. He has relationship role models.
Yeezy didn't teach him -- his friends and family did. Surrounded by a heap of married couples who champion healthy love, he's not only ready to seal the deal but also has many marital masters to help teach him the wedded ropes.