Yep. Focus on what you want MORE of -- up front honest updates from him. Not on what you do not want.
I'll make sure that we keep talking about things. I just have to ask him if something's bothering him, listen if it is, and believe him if he says it's not.
When you do these little check ins with him THANK him for doing it and keeping you up to date on his inner "Weather Channel" updates.
Let him know you prefer that to him holding it in like before and appreciate his effort.
And BELIEVE him.