Our notions of masculinity have changed a lot over the past few decades, but sadly, many men still feel uncomfortable showing earnest affection for their friends. All too often, guys just don't have the language to express their true, platonic feelings about other men, even men they've known for years. Communication suffers in these friendships, which sometimes causes the relationship to fray or fall apart.
But don't worry, bros: it doesn't have to be that way. We've got a list of handy compliments that you can try out on your friend to make him understand just how much he means to you. Vote up the compliments you'd feel most comfortable using on your buddies — and if you've used them before, vote up the ones that have been the most successful at making your homies smile. Preserve your friendship with these sick compliments that your best chum is sure to love.
Pole dancing isn't just a useful skill — it's a killer workout that will burn calories fast and build your homie's self-confidence. Make sure he knows that his efforts aren't going to waste.
Sacrificing your own political goals and what you feel are the nation's best interests just so you can show your bro some love in the voting booth? Now that's a compliment.
What better way to honor your bro than by making the storied transition from friend to adoptive father?
Take a risk and share what you know about still-ongoing undercover ops in several Latin American countries with a cherished friend. You won't regret it.
Imply that your friend is stronger than former pro wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. (Note: DO NOT use this compliment if your friend is in the immediate vicinity of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.)
This one is best delivered with a military salute to demonstrate just how seriously you take this friendship.
It's not the most original suggestion on the list, but a few well-placed expletives will spice up this classic compliment and sweep your bro off his feet.
This foal will likely blossom into a beautiful show pony come springtime. Why not use this opportunity to pay tribute to your chum?
This slightly modified Pride and Prejudice quote is perfect for literary bros who appreciate a good Austen reference.
Focusing on your homeboy's body may seem shallow, but everyone needs to hear that they've "got it going on" from time to time.
Dog, you know your friend has some smooth, luscious lips. Don't be afraid to let him know, bro.
Abruptly abandon your hunt for Blackbeard's buried treasure to prove that your relationship means more than any trunk full of golden dubloons.
Hey, who cares if Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution explicitly grants the power to declare war to Congress? It's the thought that counts.
Guys need good skincare, too! If your pal is starting a new beauty regimen, make sure he keeps it up.
Don't leave your bro hanging on the dance floor! Cap off the night with a tender waltz that will make him feel appreciated.
Even if he's a bit sheepish about it at first, your bro will light up at the chance to accompany you to the most magical night of your high school career.
Woah! It's not every day you get compared to one of Rome's greatest statesmen and orators! Amicitia vera illuminat, bro.
Oliver North: disgraced military criminal and true homie.
If the ram-headed demon Baphomet is threatening to plunge your homie into the depths of hell, offering to take his place in the Lake of Fire is a great way to show some love.
Your buddy is tired of hearing that he's been "acting more evil" since he started wearing that amulet that he pilfered from a Pharaoh's tomb. Lay off the guilt trip for a minute and tell him how sexy he looks!
Not sure how to say "I love you" to your bro? Hand him a briefcase filled with an improbably high sum of US currency. He'll get the message.
Your buddy deserves to know that you will shephard him through the valley of darkness.
This one really only works if your BFF has dedicated his life to serving others through charity work and philanthropic donations. But if he has, he's absolutely going to love this compliment.
Your bro has grown so much as a dramatic actor over the years. Time to reward him with the role of a lifetime as Shakespeare's "Mad King."
Interrupting your all-consuming thirst for vengeance even for just a little bit speaks volumes about his importance to you.