You try. You really do. But your spouse seems to show no interest. You want your relationship to improve, and occasionally your spouse promises to do better. Then you're frustrated when nothing changes. What can you do when it seems as though your spouse doesn't care about your marriage?

Marriage takes two. That means your spouse gets a vote—just as big a vote as you do. But that doesn't mean you're powerless.

You've learned by now that you can't change your spouse. But you can certainly influence them. And regardless of what your spouse does or doesn't do, there are things you can do to live well yourself and to move your marriage in a healthier stronger direction.

Ask yourself these questions.

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How do your attempts to improve your marriage appear to your spouse?

You believe your ideas, suggestions and efforts would make things better if only your spouse would go along. But your spouse may see things very differently.