My only issue here is you seem to think that material items bring happiness, they don't. Material items bring short term satisfaction.
Money comes and goes. A year ago I had a 6 figure salary and was laid off after the company I worked for, for 10 years downsized and eliminated my position. I have a different job now, but making far less... I still have a happy life each way. There was a silver lining in that though, though I make less I have a much better work/life balance. I can do more with the kids and I have more time to myself.
My husband can buy me nice things, however I like time with him more than I like material items. I'm fairly low maintenance and so is he. He's fun to be around, supportive, he's a good dad and all around a nice guy.