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7 signs you found a great guy
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Here are seven ways you know youve got yourself a keeper. - photo by Georgia Lee
Finding a good man is actually easier than you might think. But recognizing his awesomeness can sometimes be tricky. Little annoyances or departures from the norm may throw off your senses and have you saying goodbye to a great guy. So here are some ways to be sure if hes a keeper:

1. Hes a great father (or will be)

Great men make awesome fathers. Whether you see crawling kiddos in your future, if you can imagine your man being a wonderful father, youve found yourself a great guy. Parenting takes patience, compassion, discipline, love and a desire to see others grow and be happy. When you find this in a partner, youve found the real deal.

2. Hes a great provider

Providing does not only mean he makes sure to maintain a comfortable financial status for your life. When your guy is supportive emotionally and provides a stable foundation to build something solid, thats a keeper.

3. Hes a great friend

Who doesnt want to marry her best friend? If you would be great friends with your guy even if you werent together, theres something to savor. A good man will share laughs, interests, values and goals with you that keep you bonded well into your golden years.

4. Hes a great listener

You know youve hit the jackpot when your guy loves to listen to you and does it well. More than just remaining quiet or waiting to speak, youve struck gold if your guy listens closely, understands your feelings and responds proactively to what you need.

5. Hes a hard worker

A good man works hard for his family, his career, around the house and on himself. He works at being better and makes sure you are taken care of every day. A great guy sees the value in effort, and rises to the challenges of a real relationship. Youre worth working for and he knows it.

6. He has integrity

A fantastic man means what he says and says what he means. He doesnt make excuses, thinks before he acts and speaks, apologizes when hes done wrong, and works to make up for that wrong. More than just being honest when asked, a truly good man leads with the truth and is up front about himself and his life -- the good, bad and the ugly.

7. Hes strong

A good guy has real strength of character. Youve got a real winner on your hands if your man is decisive, has convictions, and possesses passion, all while being sensitive, compassionate and kind. True strength means he knows when to be powerful and balances it with gentleness and caring for others. A strong man can lift a heavy heart; not just heavy weights.

Finding all of these traits in one man means youve found a great catch. Think twice before throwing him back and looking for more fish in the sea. It might be time to reel in your line.