Money. No competition. Money, hands down.
They say you can't buy love, but you CAN buy access to things that make you happy and you love doing. Therefore, through money you can find happiness and perhaps friendship, respect and love. For example: You can give lots of money to the things you want to help and get a lot of personal satisfaction out of that -- as well as respect, appreciation and friends.
If you are careful, money stays. Even if you are careful, love can still fade and die. Money is a sure thing, love is a gamble.
So, in the final analysis....money can get you love, but love might never be able to get you money!
Love because there are so many rich people who are unhappy, but with love, real love, you will always be at peace. For example I'm the eldest of 17 kids, I absolutely love my siblings and would rather be dirt poor knowing that I have them than be rich without them. Love is the source of life itself, love changes hearts, makes things grow, give people hope and makes life worth it. I believe that God is love and without God/Love we are nothing.
Do you know Maslow's "hierarchy of needs?" You need a certain amount of money in order to secure the basic levels. You can't really deal with self-actualization (5) or esteem (4) or love/belonging (3) if you are starving or homeless. So, money is important. You need enough money before you can start worrying about love.
Once you have enough money, love is much more important than getting more money. Everyone wants more money--I've read that everybody wants 30% more than they have, however much they have. But once you have food on the table and a roof over your head... and, yes, electricity and a decent Internet connection and health insurance... money no longer buys you very much.
Do you know Greg Brown's song, "Daughters?"
I'm a man who's rich in daughters
And if by some wild chance I get rich in money
Like say another two thou a year or even one thou a year
I'm gonna look in to havin' some more daughters!
It can be a big dilemma. It is not obvious that a love can be more beneficial for people life that any physical aspects. In the past, I had the love but I didn't have money. I was not happy. I was irritated and upset by the fact that I couldn't give any gifts my girl.
I don't think you can be happy even if you fall in love but you can't enjoy any facilities as restaurant, cinema, trips etc. Although your lover understands this situation it can be not so good perspective to your relationship in a long-term period of time.