This practice fosters better understanding, respect, compassion, reconciliation and ultimately cooperation with others in daily life.
The encouraged relaxed flow in techniques only comes from sustaining the Rules for Coordination Mind and Body. It is much easier to be relaxed when not moving. In daily life the mind and body are almost constantly reacting to both people and objects.
People can be challenging.
They often do not have the same level of patience that comes from Aikido training to consider criticism with humility, and change one's own behaviour if needed.
Aikido helps the recognition of egotistical, sexist or racist behaviour in others and oneself.
Objects too deserve respect.
In sports, when you need tension to strike a ball or deal with being tackled, the tension will come from marshalling all your body's muscles together.