I hate the saying that money can’t buy happiness. I suspect it was created by filthy rich people to gaslight poor folks into thinking they didn’t get a raw deal.
The thing is, it almost sounds reasonable, taken at face value. But lurking under the surface is the ugly fact that poverty–and I do not mean temporary or situational poorness–kills joy to death. The constant, overwhelming stress of waiting for the other shoe to drop is incompatible with happiness.
So, maybe money can’t actually buy happiness, but it can remove otherwise insurmountable barriers to it.