What activity is most similar to singing?
If you answered “flying” then you are on the right track!
There is a whole lot of technical explanation that could go here, but for our goal of singing effortlessly, think of your sound as floating on air, as opposed to the air forcing or pushing the sound out. You can practice this feeling by inhaling silently as though you were smelling something yummy- now hold that “lifted face” feeling, and sing gently into your hand with your palm/ heel of hand facing you, fingers pointed up, palm in a relaxed curve towards you. Feel that sense of float and lift in the sound? Feel like you could sing/float a long time on your air? Good! To hear the difference in tone and feel the difference in effort, sing with your palms pointing/ pushing away from you. AHA!