Sanding is a woodworker's favorite activity! Actually, that's kind of a joke. Most of us do not really like to sand that much. By the time you get to the point of sanding, sometimes you just want to jump right to finishing and be done with it.
Truth is, however tedious it seems at times, I actually enjoy sanding by hand. It is a relaxing experience if you really let yourself enjoy it. Plus it gives one a more personal feel with the wood project. I still do a fair share of sanding with electric sanders for the sake of efficiency, but I do not enjoy it nearly as much as sanding by hand.