Women love heroes. Use a little modern-day chivalry to help you land damsels without distress.

It must have been easier to feel heroic in ye olden days: castles, steeds and enchanted swords are better props than Toyotas and apartment blocks. But she’ll willingly yield to your Sir Lance-alot fantasies if she can see the gleam in your armour: polite, thoughtful, romantic gestures delivered with a certain throwback boldness—not just on anniversaries and Valentine’s Days, but any time. (In fact, the more unexpected, the better.) It’s admirable to perform these actions in a spirit of noble altruism. But let’s get real: these heroic deeds lead to good things for everyone—dates for single guys, increased devotion from girlfriends and wives, and more oneeyed-dragon-slaying all around. Turn the page to see what the experts told us.

From ages, women have always been drawn towards protective, strong and brave men. Their heroic deeds make women feel wanted, secure and turned on. That gut feeling may be a holdover from caveman days. Today’s hero can win her favour with simple acts of kindness and thoughtfulness, like these.

1. Rescue her from a party bore
Watch for any signs of fidgeting or a wandering gaze from her, and then slide in for the save. If a man knows instinctively when a woman is experiencing this, she will feel like he can read her mind.

2. Maintain her castle while she’s away
Volunteering to house-sit her place is a rather intimate act. And if you can fix that faucet and shop for the welcome-home meal while there, that's even better. You are being heroic without being macho. It’s compassionate and generous, and it says you know what’s important to her.

3. Scrape her windshield while she sleeps
Women love it more than anything else (well, almost anything) when their men take initiative in a thoughtful way. Research has shown us that when men display classic heroic traits like courage, devotion, discipline and an ability to overcome obstacles, their popularity goes soaring high with women. Really really high.

4. Give your seat to a woman who’s travelling alone with a baby
Not only does an act like this endear you to the immediate receiver of your kindness, but this sort of selflessness also plays well to any female witnesses who might be in the vicinity. Any kindness to children, the elderly or animals will instantly elevate an ordinary guy to heroic status. She’ll be thinking— “The same traits that make you help an old woman cross the street will also make you chase down an ice-cream man when I’m pregnant.”