It feels easier and more natural to give thanks when everything seems to be going well, when we have peace and security, health and bounty.
But when we are in a situation of war and fear, of sickness and poverty, when our inclination is to cry and curse, it is much more difficult – but it is still possible and necessary.
When he was poor and starving, the famous Reb Zusha is said to have thanked God for giving him such a good appetite!
It is no coincidence that Reb Zusha's profound capacity for gratitude was matched by a deep relationship with God.
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From an essay by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz