When you're doing that, you're flexing your compassion muscles. I'm not surprised it made people feel a lot better. Whenever you can shift from blame, hostility, or anger to compassion it makes a huge change in your overall mental well being.

When we open to this moment and don't judge it or try to change it, even when we're suffering and wish it were otherwise, we tap into the spaciousness of mind that allows us to move forward skillfully, with discernment and joy. -- Sharon Salzberg