God wants us to be people who give thanks to him specifically. God wants us to live in reality. The reality is God is deserving of our thanks and gratitude is good for us physically, spiritually, mentally, and relationally. Gratitude does not ignore trials but places them in the proper context of reality. It is our inherent tendency to focus on the one thing that is not good in a situation rather than the 99 things that are good. The reality is even trials are a blessing from God.