If anyone’s ever told you that you don’t need money to be happy, they’re either naive or lying.
Money can’t directly buy happiness, but it provides the resources and the peace of mind required for it.
A son buys a house for his mother to show his appreciation for all the years she’s raised him. It isn’t about the money itself, but it is about having the money to show that level of appreciation in the first place.
A boss treats his employee out to dinner to show his recognition of the employee’s abilities. It isn’t about the money itself, but it is about having the money to show the kind of recognition beyond just praises.
A husband buys his wife a bouquet of flowers to show his love. It’s not about the money itself, but it is about having the money to show his love in another way than what’s already implied.
There are other ways to show appreciation, recognition and love but it’s the very same reason why most of us commute by bus, car or train instead of walking; it’s more practical.
It’s as Barack Obama said: “Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.”