The single largest determinant of a stress-free, happy life is wealth. Anyone trying to convince you otherwise is the blue pill on your left shoulder. Women will not make you happy. New sneakers or a new jacket will not make you happy. That fourth sushi roll will not make you happy. A Mercedes in your driveway will only bring you happiness if you could've afforded the Ferrari.
It is important to distinguish between fiscal wealth and material wealth. When you hear that money can't buy happiness, you're not exactly being lied to. Money cannot buy you happiness. Money is happiness. Money is security. Money is comfort.
As a poster here once wrote, money is the life of the mind. Debt is slavery. For as long as you remain in debt, you remain detached. You cannot give and be your full self. Are you anxious? How's your money situation? Are you depressed? How's your money situation? Are you feeling lazy? How's your money situation?
Red pill theory is nothing without financial comfort. Nothing. You can lift your ass off. You can buy some cool shirts. You can read. Got no job? No money? 2 credit cards maxed out and student loans up the ass? No plan for the future? None of it matters.
Earn, budget, save, invest. It will red-pill you quicker than anything you can imagine.