If there is a more cheerful-looking flower than a pansy, I can't think of it.
Orchids can be elaborate, but many come off looking predatory or menacing; roses are luxurious, yet stand-offish. Camellias have their own agendas, and alyssum just runs riot and tramples all over anything, with total disrespect for other flowers' personal space.
But the pansy has a winning smile for everyone, all the time.
January is our bleahhhhhh month; colder than December, the days are frequently socked in by Tule fog -- everything feels chill and damp and dull and your toes hurt.
Pansies are winter color here in the Central Valley, and I appreciate every little smile they bring.