Cruising through the responses to this question was quite an education. Women like to THINK they know what men want, but sometimes they're clueless.
You gentlemen who were kind enough to share your thoughts made it clear that your wants are similar, in some ways at least, to women's wants--but the two genders often have separate ways of expressing it.
In my own opinion (and experience) the Cinderella story messed up the heads of a lot of females raised in the U.S. (I can't speak for other countries.)
We want you guys to be tall, handsome, and rich--owners of a castle somewhere--and ready to sweep us up onto your white horse and take us off to eternal bliss.
As brides, we glow our way through the wedding, expecting the castle and the anticipated pampering to begin any moment now. What we later learn is that Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night football are terribly important to our princes. (I have to admit that I'm a football addict, too, so this isn't a problem for me.)
Instead of whispering sweet nothings in our ears, our princes are popping open a beer can and waving their fists in the air when Favorite Team scores a touchdown.
Men (well, in my observation) are interested in facts, figures, statistics, real life stuff. Women are interested in the intangibles--romance, gifts, compliments from our men, those "little moments" that mean a lot.
What men and women probably need is some honest, straightforward talk with each other on "What makes me happy and how you can achieve that." For example, he walks in the door after work, and she wants to tell him all the problems of the day. He's not ready for that yet. Or, she says to him, "How do I look in this dress?" and he says (honestly), "Well, you could use a few pounds."
Their honest dialogue might include,"Look, give me some space when I get home from work. I need some downtime before I take on the family problems." She could say, "When I ask you how I look, tell me I look fine. I don't care if you're lying. I just want to know that you think I'm okay."
All this "what makes men happy" dialogue (and I do appreciate it) is lost on those who stopped growing at age 14 and merely want the next woman who can meet their needs. A serious, mature, committed relationship is not on their priority list.
But to those of you who expressed what makes you tick, thanks.