NOTE: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors to our lives, and in many cases, reduced the needed outlets people had to work out their stress (for example sports, work-out or swimming facilities, some doctor or counsellor visits, etc.)  No matter what you are going through, don’t give up. This page offers inspiration, encouragement, and ideas along with the book, “Choose Happy; Find Contentment in Any Situation.”

Choose Happy STL COLOR logoDuring and surrounding COVID-19 we are using our resources to try to help our fellow citizens and keep spirits up. We encourage everyone to look around and see if you can find a way to help. Is there a family who has been cooped up with their school-aged or younger children all spring that you can offer some assistance to? Is there a person living alone you can go visit? Do you have a skill or talent you can offer to teach someone who just need to have a new outlook?

It’s important we help each other, support each other, and love each other– especially during trying times.


Now… More than Ever

Choose Happy; Find Contentment in Any Situation

This is the latest book by Sally Tippett Rains, Content Manager of and wife of Rob Rains. It was published in 2019– just in time for the pandemic. If there is anyone out there who is having a tough time and could really benefit by an inspirational, motivational book– but does not have the money to buy it– please contact us and we will send you a copy free.


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Radko quyoteDo you know someone in need of inspiration?
We all go through tough times and while we should acknowledge the difficulties, we can learn ways to enjoy our lives during these tough times.
Author Sally Tippett Rains has used her experiences plus stories from dozens of people who have been through a tough situation yet they are living a happy life, to weave this entertaining and motivating book full of ideas you can try.
It’s easy to read when you are going through tough times because if you don’t feel like reading the whole book you can pick it up for the motivational wisdom and inspirational photographs; then when you feel like reading you will be captivated by the frankness of the contributors.
No matter what we are going through when we wake up each morning, we have a choice on how to look at the day: Choose Happy.

This  book provides hope and inspiration. It’s filled with stories of people who have overcome serious trials and they have emerged better– not bitter. At an event for mothers of children with pediatric cancer, sponsored by Rainbows for Kids we were able to give the mothers a copy. These amazing ladies inspire us and as they face trying times they choose happy– and you can too.

Our message is don’t give up. Quoting Coach Jim Valvano “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”


They’ve all gone through challenging– in some cases, terrible– times, and they share their stories of how they overcame it and choose to live a positive, productive life.

Photo 1: Back row- Dawn Shaver, Sandy Elfrink, Angela Brunette, Stephen Von Rump, Dana Scott, Derik Scott (star of 2019 “The Titan Games” by the Rock); From, Teresa Tosi, Sally Rains, Darlene Kassen. 

Photo 2: Mike Rains, Lori Rains, Joanie Protzel, Diane Heckenkamp, Barbara Tippett, Sally Rains, Rob Rains

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More people in Choose Happy: Front row: Liz Oliver, Dreama Denver (wife of the late Bob Denver who played Gilligan), Richard LaMotte, Rob Rains; second row: Brian Garner and Samii Taylor; top row: Chuck Miller, Karolyn Grimes (actress who played Zuzu in “It’s A Wonderful Life”

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Even more contributors: Front Row: Rev. Nicholas Inman, Ginger Alden (fiance to Elvis Presley); top row Christopher Radko (Christmas Ornament Designer), Jack Scaife, Ryan Powell

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Additional contributors: Top Row: Karen Fox, Barb Baxter, Sally Hanson (who is “choosing happy” with her sunflower sunglasses) Bottom row: Jan Orlando, Lorraine “Rainey”  Fahey

About the author Sally
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“ … Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” — Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

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Things will get better, but meanwhile learn to appreciate what you have right now. There are a lot of great things in the world and if you just focus on what’s going wrong, you will miss a lot of wonderful experiences and memories.
If you are going through a difficult situation, you will have bumps along the way, but remember, this isn’t your last hurrah. You have a lot of life left in you—and a lot of things to accomplish, so keep going and while you are at it, keep trying to find things that give you peace.
This book helps you find the best in yourself even when you are going through a tough time. It provides ways to calm yourself down, ways to open yourself up to the possibility that things could get better.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
                                       — Philippians 4: 6-7 (NIV)
About the Photographer: Allen Ahner is an award winning photographer, and this is his second book. To see more of his work CLICK HERE.

What They Are Saying About Choose Happy

“Sally is the authentic ‘real deal’ in choosing happiness. She lives what she writes, and draws others who are either like her, or who want to be like her! This God-inspired book is a gift to be read, cherished and shared with others who need to ‘choose happy!’” 
             — Dr. Debra Peppers, Motivational Speaker, Radio/TV Talk Show Host, National Teachers Hall of Fame
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“Sally Rains is a heart-centered, gifted writer who brings life to these inspiring stories.”
            — Tessa Greenspan, Business owner, inspirational speaker
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“Sally Tippett Rains is one of the kindest, nicest and most inspiring people I have ever met. She has a passion for life that is infectious and has brought joy to my life that I could never repay. In all of my years of service to our Nation’s Leaders, I have come across many who inspire; Sally ranks up there with the best of them and I’m honored to know her.”
              — Richard LaMotte, SMSgt, USAF (Retired Air Force Flight Attendant)
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“This book is fantastically written. Sally Rains, again, uses her creative, intelligent and inspirational writing style to bring rainbows to so many going through tragic storms in their life … a sincere gift!” 
                — Debbie Hammond, Mom of Tyler, Childhood transplant survivor
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“Sally Rains has a gift of uplifting others through her God given talent of writing. Her books, including this one, always engage readers and challenge their knowledge on the subject at hand.”
                — The Rev. Nicholas Inman
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“Sally Rains has put a smile on my face through all the challenges and disappointments of raising a child with severe complications from his illness. In this book she is sharing her encouragement with others.” 
                — Ronnie Herman, Mom of Ethan, Leukemia survivor
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Published by Peppertree Publishing, Sarasota, Florida, Distributed by BookBaby.


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