"The value of many things in life are based on how much we desire them, rather than their usefulness. "
If 'things' was say something physical like gold bars I might use the word objects/items. Are there any others?
But what about if it is something non-tangible? E.g. grades (in the sense they aren't quite a physical object)/respect/love?
What are words I could use in place of things in this case?
Upon reading the answers below I believe there is no word that suits the objective above and I will have to break "things" down into what type of non-tangible thing it is as per e.g. this list