Just out of curiosity, what was it that you said placebo?
I've had a few things like that myself when I talk to people about dating and such, they're like wow you really know a lot for your age. And when I mentioned not saying anti war bur pro peace, because it focuses on a a negitive and war and that's where the energy is. They were like wow too.
It's a nice feeling, and you're right, just by reading and learning it affects your outlook on things. There are a lot of things still that you don't really need to practice to use, and you learn them and it's like okay, I got it, but you still need to put an effort to be aware of it at first until it becomes assimilated into you.