Bananas are an often-overlooked but excellent source of tryptophan, an amino acid your body converts into serotonin – which boosts your mood and promotes restful sleep. Bananas also contain magnesium and potassium, which help your muscles relax, and even have a bit of melatonin, a hormone your body produces when it’s time to go to sleep.
2. Tart Cherry Juice
Cherries are another natural source of the “sleep hormone” melatonin, and research shows that levels are elevated in people who drink tart cherry juice regularly. Plus, one study found that drinking tart cherry juice improved sleep quality, increased total sleep time by about 25 minutes and boost “sleep efficiency,” a measure of sleep quality, by up to 6%.[iii]
1. Almond Butter
Spread a tablespoon or two of almond butter on apple or banana slices, or even eat it straight from the jar. Almonds are a good source of sleep-promoting, muscle-relaxing magnesium, and they contain just enough protein to help keep your blood sugar levels steady while you sleep (without weighing you down like heavier protein sources).
‘ France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by prostitutes.’
‘I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.’
General George S. Patton
‘Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion.’
‘We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it.’
‘As far as I’m concerned, war always means failure.’
Jacques Chirac, President of France
‘The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is sitting in Paris sipping coffee.’
‘You know, the French remind me a little bit of an aging actress of the 1940s who was still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn’t have the face for it.’
John McCain , U.S. Senator from Arizona
‘The last time the French asked for ‘more proof’ it came marching into Paris under a German flag.’
‘Only thing worse than a Frenchman is a Frenchman who lives in Canada .’
‘War without France would be like…Well…World War II.’
‘The favourite bumper sticker in Washington D.C. right now is one that says ‘First Iraq, then France.’
‘What do you expect from a culture and a nation that exerted more of its national will fighting against Disney World and Big Macs than the Nazis?’
‘It is important to remember that the French have always been there when they needed us.’
‘They’ve taken their own precautions against al-Qaida. To prepare for an attack, each Frenchman is urged to keep duct tape, a white flag, and a three-day supply of mistresses in the house.’
‘Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was being advertised on eBay the other day –the description was, ‘Never shot. Dropped once.”
Rep. Roy Blunt, MO
‘The French will only agree to go to war when we’ve proven we’ve found truffles in Iraq .’
Q. What did the mayor of Paris say to the German Army as they entered the city in WWII?
A. Table for 100,000 m’sieur?
‘Do you know how many Frenchmen it takes to defend Paris ? It’s not known, it’s never been tried.’
Rep. R. Blount, MO
‘Do you know it only took Germany three days to conquer France in WWII? And that’s because it was raining.’
John Xereas, Manager, DC Improv
“French Ban Fireworks at Euro Disney” (AP, Paris , March 5, 2003)
The French Government announced today that it is imposing a ban on the use of fireworks at Euro Disney. The decision comes the day after a nightly fireworks display at the park, located just 30 miles outside of Paris , caused the soldiers at a nearby French Army garrison to surrender to a group of Czech tourists.
An American tourist in London decides to skip his tour group and explore the city on his own. He wanders around, seeing the sights, and occasionally stopping at a quaint pub to soak up the local culture, chat with the lads, and have a pint of Guinness.
After a while, he finds himself in a very high class neighborhood…..big, stately residences… no pubs, no stores, no restaurants, and worst of all… NO PUBLIC REST ROOMS.
He really, really has to go, after all those Guinness.
He finds a narrow side street, with high walls surrounding the adjacent buildings and decides to use the wall to solve his problem.
As he is unzipping, he is tapped on the shoulder by a London Bobby, who says, “I say, sir, you simply cannot do that here, you know.”
“I’m very sorry, officer,” replies the American, “but I really, really HAVE TO GO, and I just can’t find a public rest room.”
“Ah, yes,” said the bobby…”Just follow me”.
He leads him to a back “delivery alley”, then along a wall to a gate, which he opens.
“In there,” points the bobby. “Whiz away sir, any where you want.”
The fellow enters and finds himself in the most beautiful garden he has ever seen. Manicured grass lawns, statuary, fountains, sculpted hedges, and huge beds of gorgeous flowers, all in perfect bloom.
Since he has the cop’s blessing, he unburdens himself and is greatly relieved.
As he goes back through the gate, he says to the bobby,”That was really decent of you… is that what you call ‘English Hospitality’?”
“No, sir” replies the bobby, “that is what we call the French Embassy.”
Akshaya Tritiya, also known as “Akha Teej”, is traditionally the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People conduct special Pujas on this day, bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on this day.
Akshaya Tritiya marks the beginning of the Treta Yug. The birthday of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu falls on this day. In the “Puranas”, the holy Hindu scriptures, there is a story that says that on this day of Akshay Tritiya Vedavyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata. Ganga Devi or Mother Ganges also descended to earth on this day.
This is one of the most auspicious days according to the Hindu calendar. The day on which Moon, Sun and Jupiter unitedly come under Mrigshira Nakshatra is called Akshay Tritiya.
“Akshay Tritiya”,the holy day when many perform puja to start a business. According to the Hindu customs, many choose to perform the pujas for Business,bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on the holy day of “Akshay Tritiya”. It is considered a good time to invest in gold and diamonds. It is believed that whatever is bought on this day, will remain forever.
Akshaya Tritiya also referred as Akha Teej is considered the most auspicious days of all by Hindus in India. The pious day of Akshay Trithiya falls on the third day (Tithi) of Bright phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) of Hindu month of Vaishakha. The name Akshay Trithiya describes the special planetary positions of Moon, Sun and Jupiter, as on this day all three unanimously come under Mrigshira Nakshatra. Moon and Sun both glow at their brightest level, indicating the auspiciousness of the day.
The day of Akshay Trithiya is considered highly auspicious by Hindus as the day is thought to bring good fortune and prosperity for every one. The literal meaning of Akshay in Sanskrit means imperishable or “never diminishing” and thus the day is believed to be the best time for beginning new ventures or investing money in precious metals and land.
Myths and Legends:
Akshay Trithiya is also referred as golden day of eternal success as the Golden Age or the first of the four Yugas, Satya yug began on this day. Akha Teej also marks the birthday of Sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu – Lord Parshuram. The auspicious day also holds special importance as the holy river Ganga also descended down to earth from heaven on the same day. Vedavyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great Hindu scriptures, Mahabharatha on this day of Akshay Trithiya.
The first Tirthankar in Jainism Bhagwan Rishabdev also broke his fasting spell of one year by taking juice on the day of Akha Teej.
Akshaya Tritiya is also called Navanna Parvam. Akshaya Tritiya falling in a conjunction with Rohini star day is considered more auspicious.
The importance of Akshaya Tritiya appreciates when it falls on a Monday.
शास्त्रों में अक्षय तृतीया एवं अक्षय तृतीया का माहात्म्य
# शुभ व पूजनीय कार्य इस दिन होते हैं, जिनसे प्राणियों (मनुष्यों) का जीवन धन्य हो जाता है।
# इस दिन से सतयुग और त्रेतायुग का आरंभ माना जाता है।
# श्री परशुरामजी का अवतरण भी इसी दिन हुआ था।
# इसी दिन श्री बद्रीनारायण के पट खुलते हैं।*
# नर-नारायण ने भी इसी दिन अवतार लिया था।
# हयग्रीव का अवतार भी इसी दिन हुआ था।
# वृंदावन के श्री बाँकेबिहारीजी के मंदिर में केवल इसी दिन श्रीविग्रह के चरण-दर्शन होते हैं अन्यथा पूरे वर्ष वस्त्रों से ढँके रहते हैं।
# जो मनुष्य इस दिन गंगा स्नान करता है, उसे पापों से मुक्ति मिलती है।
# इस दिन परशुरामजी की पूजा करके उन्हें अर्घ्य देने का बड़ा माहात्म्य माना गया है।
# श्रीकृष्ण ने भी कहा है कि यह तिथि परम पुण्यमय है।
इस दिन दोपहर से पूर्व स्नान, जप, तप, होम, स्वाध्याय, पितृ-तर्पण तथा दान आदि करने वाला महाभाग अक्षय पुण्यफल का भागी होता है।
एक हाथ में मोती है, एक हाथ मेरा खाली है
ये बन्दा तेरा सवाली है, ये बन्दा तेरा सवाली हैतो हैं पतझड़ के पत्ते, धूप लगे तो सूखेंगे
तूने की जो दया की वर्षा, इक दिन हम भी महकेंगे
हम तो हैं मासूम कली, तू ही हमारा माली है
ये बन्दा तेरा सवाली है, ये बन्दा तेरा सवाली हैमैं तेरी चौखट पे आऊँ, तू मुझको वरदान दे
तेरी सेवा करता रहूँ मैं, मुझको ऐसी शान दे
एक हाथ में फूल की माला, एक हाथ में जाली है
ये बन्दा तेरा सवाली है, ये बन्दा तेरा सवाली हैजिसको चाहे साईं बाबा, वो ही दर पे आता है
जिस की सेवा लेना चाहे, जगराता करवाता है
साईंनाथ के आने से हुई रात बड़ी मतवाली है
ये बन्दा तेरा सवाली है, ये बन्दा तेरा सवाली है