While I wish the leaves would stay upon the trees a bit longer I still enjoy raking them for several reasons.
1) It's a family affair.
2) it reminds me of when the kids were young
and would love to jump into the pile.
3) It is usually a beautiful day when I rake.
Here is a tip or two about raking. When raking leaves use a leaf rake. Okay that sounds dumb but it you use a thatching rake you will hate the job. If you use a garden rake you will hate the job. As far as leaf rakes any of these work great.
My favorite is the 24" rake from Walmart for $12.94. The wider and with more teeth the better as you cover more ground faster.
Another little tip is if you buy a wood handle rake paint the handle every other year or you will be getting splinters. Of course if you wear gloves that is not necessary but your rake will last longer. Gloves are a good idea no matter what as you may rake up matter you don't want on your hands.