Pushing was the easy part for ME.
With my first, I pushed 45 minutes. With my second, I pushed less than 10 minutes. So, yes, I would say pushing is the easier stage of laboring. But, that's not always the case. I read some of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, in her experience it was one of the other; her patient found either contractions OR pushing easier. And both are very normal experiences.