I hate raking leaves. In fact, I usually don't rake them at all or do the minimum necessary to make the yard look half-decent.
We have two large maples which dump a lot of leaves on our small 20 x 30 back yard so I felt very smart when it occurred to me that I could just use the lawnmower to turn the leaves into mulch. No more raking ever again! I felt very smart to have figured that out all by myself but that didn't last because I quickly realized that a lot of people do this.
The weather was nice today so my wife and I decided to get the yard ready for winter and I broke out the lawnmower for my anti-raking experiment. I set the blades a little higher than normal because I didn't want to harm the grass. Result: I'm pretty impressed!
It also occurred to me that when making compost the guides always say to include a good mix of greens (nitrogen) and browns (carbon). It just happens that a good source of greens and browns are grass clippings and dry leaves respectively. By mulching these leaves they'll have the winter and spring to break down and turn into natural compost. I guess there's a reason mother nature doesn't rake the leaves eh?